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The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language “mistakes” and how they came to be accepted as correct—or not.

English is a glorious mess of a language cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong.

Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes and features some of our most common words and phrases, including decimate, hopefully, enormity, that versus which, enervate versus energize, bemuse versus amuse, literally versus figuratively, ain’tirregardless, socialist, OMG, and stupider.

Lively, funny, and surprising, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers—and it’s sure to start a few, too.

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About the Author
Author Ammon Shea

Ammon Shea is the author of two previous books on obscure words, Depraved English and Insulting English (written with Peter Novobatzky). He read his first dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Second International, ten years ago, and followed it up with the sequel, Webster’s Third International.