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CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Once Upon a Word Word histories, mysteries, hoaxes, and hype: sorting the tall tales from the truth. 2. A Slough of Solecisms Wherein the author leads you safely out of a morass of mistakes and misperceptions into the clear, comforting light of correct English. 3. The Grandiloquent Gumshoe Words recovered, discovered, and devised. 4. The Elegance of Style Distinctions, clarifications, niceties, and other little things that make your language more polished and precise. 5. A Civil Tongue Wherein the author launders your pronunciation and presses you to speak with propriety and poise. 6. Born in the U.S.A. Some quintessentially American words and expressions, from okay to humongous, with some other American stuff thrown in just for fun. 7. The Wonder of Words A fascinating farrago of word lore and wordplay that just didn't fit anywhere else. Answers to the Bodacious Brainteasers Sources Cited Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
English language -- Etymology.
English language -- Usage.
English language -- Style.
Play on words.