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

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2005 - English language - 334 pages
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Today programme presenter's Top Ten bestselling cry for better English in paperback for summer. 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  - RobertDay - LibraryThing

This book (written in 2004) is a polemic against the standard of the English language used in British public life. John Humphrys was, and still is, lead presenter for BBC Radio 4's flagship news and ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

In a journalistic career spanning forty-five years John Humphrys has reported from all over the world for the BBC and presented its frontline news programmes on both radio and television. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure' - all of which he attributes to longevity and luck. He presents Radio 4's Today programme and BBC2's Mastermind.

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