[Charles Harrington Elster] á The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations: The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker [young-adult-science-fiction PDF] Ebook Epub Download ë I enjoyed this book immensely a very entertaining look at proper pronunciation I was happy to find that I pronounce many controversial words appropriately, and called to repentance on my beastly mispronunciations and bozo no no s I may never quite get used to a few of the things the author insists upon, but hope I make progress toward becoming a careful speaker My sister gave me this book because I am what Mr Elster refers to as a spelling pronouncer I come across unfamiliar words in print and never bother to look up the correct pronunciation I ve used this book to check on words when someone calls me out on a mispronunciation, and it s been very useful However, it wasn t until I started reading this book straight through, for my Dewey Decimal Challenge, that I got really hooked on it There were so many regular words that I never would have checked that I and everyone I know have been mispronouncing, it was fascinating Examples Okay Grocery apparently it is groh suh ree, with an S, not grohsh ree, with an SH I ve probably said and heard this word a million times in my life, and never once with an S sound New the proper way to say it is NYOO, like in newt Surprised the pants off me Any word with alm ahm, with no The Definitive Pronouncement On Than , Of Our Most Commonly Mispronounced WordsFrom The Language Maven Charles Harrington Elster Comes An Authoritative And Unapologetically Opinionated Look At American Speech As Elster Points Out, There Is No Sewer In Connoisseur, No Dip In Diphthong, And No Pronoun In Pronunciation The Culmination Of Twenty Years Of Observation And Study, The Big Book Of Beastly Mispronunciations Is Than Just A Pronunciation Guide Elster Discusses Past And Present Usage, Alternatives, Analogies, And Tendencies And Offers Plenty Of Advice, None Of It Objective Whether You Are Adamant Or Ambivalent About The Spoken Word, Elster Arms You With The Information You Need To Decide What Is Acceptable For YouThe Big Book Of Beastly Mispronunciations Has Now Been Expanded And Revised And Features Nearly New Words, Including Al Qaeda Bruschetta Commensurate Coup De Gr Ce Curriculum Vita Exacerbate Gigabyte Hara Kiri Machismo Muslim Niger Pinochet Pulitzer Sorbet Tinnitus W As In Www Dot And Many, ManyCharles Harrington Elster Is The Pronunciation Editor Of Black S Law Dictionary And The Author Of Various books About Language, Including Verbal Advantage, There S A Word For It, And What In The Word He Has Been A Guest Columnist On Language For The Boston Globe And The New York Times Magazine And A Commentator On NPR And Hundreds Of Radio Shows Around The Country When I hear someone mispronounce et cetera as ek setera, it sets my teeth on edge How can something so easy be pronounced so wrongly by so many I LOVE this book The author is a word junkie and has really done his homework He believes that the correct pronunciation of a word is something that matters no less than its correct spelling He is annoyed by people who do not care about the matter, and has written this book for the benefit of those who do Where there is legitimate disagreement among the authorities, he will tell you Often he takes to task lexicographers who are too willing to condone what he considers incorrect, or beastly mispronunciations Great for settling disputes or just to browse As illiteracy increases, so too do mispronunciations, and I hear many these days At a recent gathering, I listened to someone read a prepared trib I loved this book I m a total nerd when it comes to spelling, grammar, and word pronunciations The book I read was an older edition it s compiled like a dictionary so one doesn t actually read the entire book Some words I would have liked to find were not included, unfortunately Perhaps in the newer edition.
I loved the often humorous opinions of the author and surprisingly, when I discussed the book with coworkers, they asked me to search for pronunciations of words I hadn t thought about such as the way many Californians mispronounce cement as SEE ment I was happy to learn that most people really do want to pronounce words correctly So I ve purchased the latest edition of this book to keep on my coffee table Maybe I can persuade my family and friends to stop saying the word often with a hard T The T is silent, folks My oh my, what interesting reading My goal has been to not cringe when I hear such pronunciations that I do not adhere to I ve quit reminding my sister how to pronounce scone for instance and allowing some words to have alternate pronunciations So many times, I would like to remind others that there is no tang in orangutan That the L in vulnerable is there to be heard, and that X always has the Z sound Except in X ray I realize that I am just being petty, and having read this book has done nothing to curb my desire to correct others Living in Canada has done nothing for me either words here are said with the French or British pronunciation Yes, the R in foyer is supposed to be heard But not in Canada FOY ay is what we say Our G often has a zh sound And there are loads of other words that my relatives in the US question me about Since I am bent on being right i Bought this to bone up on words and stuff because this certain person kept on butting in and correcting how I pronounced words the ass This book is undeniably useful, but ultimately made me feel like a fool So I gave it to my little brother, who s in a Nazi stage right now grammar, among others and might love to use this to lord his pedantry over his peers Teens.
Odd note this book insists flaccid can be pronounced flak sid That s the only thing that stuck Oh and I learned that Qatar is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable Not that it matters, how you say it, as long as the money still gets to where it needs to be, amiright lolz.
Naturally I didn t read every entry in this book, but I found it quite delightful though I didn t quite agree with every single pronunciation and there were some words that I really think should have made it into the book Like ornery But anyway, I will now be pronouncing Ayn Rand so that Ayn rhymes with wine and dine I ll be posting something about this book on my blog soon, I think, so watch for it.
A book that helps with correct pronunciation can only be a 5 star read and say Double the pleasure, 10 of 10 stars
To say that this book is about proper pronunciation is almost a disservice to the content In explaining the sometimes tortuous histories of pronunciation, Elster delves into world history,