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

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

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By (author) John Humphrys

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340836598
  • ISBN 13: 9780340836590
  • Sales rank: 151,584

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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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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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Humphrys is passionate about language - and very funny too Rod Liddle Greatly enjoyable Simon Hoggart, Guardian for all those who care about the English language Ann Widdecombe, New Statesman It is always exhilarating to read a book which says what so many of us think Jonathan Keates, Spectator Timely and lively Sunday Telegraph Let us be very clear about this from the start: John Humphrys is a Good Thing Evening Standard the Jack Russell of the Today programme has now chosen to take some well aimed snaps at solecism, jargon, cliche and weasel words... It is always exhilarating to read a book which says what so many of us think Spectator I commend Citizen Humphrys Daily Mail You will have fun with this book Guardian an exquisite sensitivity to the misuse of the English language The Sunday Times