Beyond Words: How Language Reveals the Way We Live Now

Beyond Words: How Language Reveals the Way We Live Now


By (author) John Humphrys

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 196mm x 28mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 034092375X
  • ISBN 13: 9780340923757
  • Sales rank: 439,248

Product description

From the huge response to Lost for Words, it's clear that many of us share John's strong feelings about the use and misuse of the English language. Not because we want to split hairs (or infinitives) but because how we use words reveals so much about the way we see the world. Here John takes a sharp look at phrases and expressions in current use to expose the often hidden attitudes that lie behind them -- from the schoolroom to the boardroom, from Westminster to the weather forecast. Questioning our assumptions, puncturing our illusions and illuminating the way we live now, Brave New Words is a small book that speaks volumes.

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Author information

In a broadcasting career spanning forty years John Humphrys is best known for presenting Radio 4's Today programme and BBC television's Mastermind. 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 Wales and London.

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[Praise for Lost for Words] 'Humphrys is passionate about language -- and very funny too' -- Rod Liddle 20040901 'an exquisite sensitivity to the misuse of the English language' -- The Sunday Times 20041101 'for all those who care about the English language' -- Ann Widdecombe, New Statesman 20041204