Wordwatching : One Man's Quest for Linguistic Immortality

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Alex Horne loves words. He loves them so much, in fact, that he's gone on a mental safari and invented some of his own ... all he needs to do now is get them into the dictionary.
But, as Alex discovers, gaining entry into the official lexicon takes more than just a gentle word in the ear of the editor. Evidence is required - Alex needs what the dictionary authorities call a 'corpus' of examples, hard data showing that his new words are in widespread and long-term usage by people other than just him and his mum. So a corpus he resolves to create, no matter what obstacles he might meet on the way. This is the ridiculous story of one man's struggle to break into the dictionary. From covert word-dropping on Countdown to wilfully misinforming young schoolchildren, Alex tries it all in his quest for word-based stardom. Does he succeed? Exactly what is a 'mental safari'? And are you already using one of Alex's words without realising it? You won't regret spending your hard-earned honk on this hugely entertaining book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 240.4g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075351575X
  • 9780753515754
  • 1,012,439

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"This is a joyous show for word-lovers everywhere ... Horne is an engagingly smart man, a sort of Dave Gorman of the intellect. He has created a genuinely smart show. He not only entertains, amuses and impresses, but he makes you want to join in" * Scotsman, review of 'Wordwatching' Edinburgh Fringe show * "A tautly written, charmingly delivered show ... if you're curious to take a "mental safari" and be enlightened about "pratdigging", this is almost word perfect" * Metro, review of 'Wordwatching' Edinburgh Fringe show * "An amusing account of his quest to introduce various new words and usages into the English language" * Financial Times, review of 'Wordwatching' Edinburgh Fringe show * "A hilarious story of a man's adventures into the world of words. Funny, if slightly "out there"." * The Sun * "This is a hilarious tale of an ingenious plan to bamboozle the experts" * The Good Book Guide *
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About Alex Horne

Alex Horne is a stand-up comedian. He won the Chortle Award for 'Best Breakthrough Act' in 2004 and in 2003 he was nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His 'Wordwatching' show appeared at the festival in 2008. He has written and performed with Craig Charles on ITV and Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions for BBC3. His first book, Birdwatchingwatching, was published in 2008. www.verbalgardening.com. www.alexhorne.com
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"This is a hilarious tale of an ingenious plan to bamboozle the experts"
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65 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (27)
3 31% (20)
2 11% (7)
1 3% (2)
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