Lost for Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language

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Hodder General Publishing Division, 2005 - English language - 334 pages
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From empty cliche to meaningless jargon, dangling participle to sentences without verbs, the English language is reeling. It is under attack from all sides. Politicians dupe us with deliberately evasive language. Bosses worry about impacting the bottom line while they think out of the box. Academics talk obscure mumbo jumbo. Journalists and broadcasters, who should know better, lazily collaborate. John Humphrys wittily and powerfully exposes the depths to which our beautiful language has sunk and offers many examples of the most common atrocities. He also dispenses some sensible guidance on how to use simple, clear and honest language. Above all, he shows us how to be on the alert for the widespread abuse - especially by politicians - and the power of the English language.

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User Review  - Colin - Goodreads

Amusing Curmudgeonliness Read full review

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User Review  - Carpii - Goodreads

I read this shortly after reading Melvyn Braggs 'Adventure of English', hoping it would be similar. In many ways it is, but it just doesn't flow as well, and ultimately isnt quite as interesting. I ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

John Humphrys has reported from all over the world for the BBC and presented its frontline news programmes on both radio and television, in a broadcasting career spanning forty years. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure'. He owned a dairy farm for ten years and has homes in Greece and London.

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