The Language Wars: A History of Proper English

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For centuries bitter arguments have raged over the correct usage of English, with ideas of correctness often having more to do with morality and politics than language itself. In a witty, combative and thought-provoking book, Hitchings presents the most persistent disputes, asking where ideas of 'proper' English have come from and assessing their implications for our relationships, work and freedoms.

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"Hitchings has earned a place at the head table of contemporary linguists."---"The Denver Post""Thoroughly charming...A rich history of English and the shifting rule books for its correctness...Hitchings cautions readers to take care, not in the way of the 'grumblers, fault-finders, quibblers and mud-slingers, ' but following the example of Orwell, in using language to be clear, to be honest, to connect with each other."---"The Boston Globe

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"Hitchings has prepared a turducken of language-history entrees. Consuming one layer, we discover another, and another. And we feast."---"The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Mr. Hitchings's trenchant prose is irresistible."---"The Baltimore Sun

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"Extraordinary...Chock-full of historical and literary references, "The Language Wars" is a fascinating, eye-opening look at the evolution of the English language."---"The Huffington Post

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"Crisply written, amusing, informative, and thought-provoking. Anyone interested in the English language and its history should read it."---"The Sunday Telegraph" (London)

"Hitchings has prepared a turducken of language-history entrees. Consuming one layer, we discover another, and another. And we feast."---"The Cleveland Plain Dealer" "Thoroughly charming...A rich history of English and the shifting rule books for its correctness...Hitchings cautions readers to take care, not in the way of the 'grumblers, fault-finders, quibblers and mud-slingers, ' but following the example of Orwell, in using language to be clear, to be honest, to connect with each other."---"The Boston Globe" "Hitchings has earned a place at the head table of contemporary linguists."---"The Denver Post""

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"Mr. Hitchings's trenchant prose is irresistible."---"The Baltimore Sun

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"Extraordinary...Chock-full of historical and literary references, "The Language Wars" is a fascinating, eye-opening look at the evolution of the English language."---"The Huffington Post

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"Crisply written, amusing, informative, and thought-provoking. Anyone interested in the English language and its history should read it."---"The Sunday Telegraph" (London)

Hitchings has prepared a turducken of language-history entrees. Consuming one layer, we discover another, and another. And we feast. "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Thoroughly charming A rich history of English and the shifting rule books for its correctness Hitchings cautions readers to take care, not in the way of the grumblers, fault-finders, quibblers and mud-slingers, ' but following the example of Orwell, in using language to be clear, to be honest, to connect with each other. "The Boston Globe"

Hitchings has earned a place at the head table of contemporary linguists. "The Denver Post"

Mr. Hitchings's trenchant prose is irresistible. "The Baltimore Sun"

Extraordinary Chock-full of historical and literary references, "The Language Wars" is a fascinating, eye-opening look at the evolution of the English language. "The Huffington Post"

Crisply written, amusing, informative, and thought-provoking. Anyone interested in the English language and its history should read it. "The Sunday Telegraph (London)""

"Hitchings has prepared a turducken of language-history entrees. Consuming one layer, we discover another, and another. And we feast." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Thoroughly charming...A rich history of English and the shifting rule books for its correctness...Hitchings cautions readers to take care, not in the way of the 'grumblers, fault-finders, quibblers and mud-slingers, ' but following the example of Orwell, in using language to be clear, to be honest, to connect with each other." --The Boston Globe

"Hitchings has earned a place at the head table of contemporary linguists." --The Denver Post

"Mr. Hitchings's trenchant prose is irresistible." --The Baltimore Sun

"Extraordinary...Chock-full of historical and literary references, The Language Wars is a fascinating, eye-opening look at the evolution of the English language." --The Huffington Post

"Crisply written, amusing, informative, and thought-provoking. Anyone interested in the English language and its history should read it." --The Sunday Telegraph (London)

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What really is correctness? Why do people care so much about it? What is at stake in the quarrel about good and bad usage?

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