Christopher Ricks, 6 June 1985
Show More The English Language Today edited by Sidney Greenbaum.
Pergamon, 345 pp., £12.50, December 1984, 0 08 031078 8Show More
The English Language by Robert Burchfield.
Oxford, 194 pp., £9.50, January 1985, 9780192191731Show More
A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik.
Longman, 1779 pp., £39.50, May 1985, 0 582 51734 6Show More
Words by John Silverlight.
Macmillan, 107 pp., £17.50, May 1985, 9780333380109Show More
Faux Amis and Key Words: A Dictionary-Guide to French Language, Culture and Society through Lookalikes and Confusables by Philip Thody, Howard Evans and Gwilym Rees.
Athlone, 224 pp., £16, February 1985, 0 485 11243 4Show More
Puns by Walter Redfern.
Blackwell, 234 pp., £14.95, October 1984, 0 631 13793 9Show More
Fair of Speech: The Uses of Euphemism edited by D.J. Enright.
Oxford, 222 pp., £9.95, April 1985, 0 19 212236 3Show More
“... Trust a Director of Freshman Rhetoric to say that ‘the study of language is inherently interesting.’ He would, wouldn’t he? He trusts so. This big batch of language-books brings out that the most interesting argument going is, yes, the feud between conservatives and radicals about correctness and usage. The only snag is that this is also the most boring argument going, since it is not going anywhere ...”