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Damp Squid
By Jeremy Butterfield

Damp Squid

The English Language Laid Bare

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Damp Squid by Jeremy Butterfield

Book Description

Using evidence provided by the world's largest language databank, the Oxford English Corpus, Butterfield uncovers fascinating facts about the English language. Where does our vocabulary come from? How do word meanings change? How is our language really being used? This entertaining book has the up-to-date and authoritative answers to all the key questions about our language. With over 2 billion words contained in the Oxford English Corpus, Butterfield takes a thorough look at the English language and exposes its peculiarities and penchants, its development and difficulties, revealing exactly how it operates. Interpolating his expert knowledge of dictionary-making, Butterfield explains how dictionaries decide which words to include, how they find definitions, and how a Corpus influences the process. Covering all areas of English, from spelling and speech to idioms and idiosyncrasies, including a thoughtful chapter about the future of English, and with entertaining examples and useful charts throughout, this compelling and lively book contains something for everyone.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199239061
ISBN-10: 0199239061
Format: Hardback
(196mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Jeremy Butterfield

Collins English Dictionary & Grammar by Jeremy Butterfield Collins English Dictionary & Grammar, Paperback (March 2016)

Two books in one, combining all the words, phrases and definitions you need every day with a grammar to help answer the most frequently-asked questions on the English language.

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Jeremy Butterfield Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage, Paperback (March 2016)

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable quick-reference work, providing clear, practical and up-to-date guidance on questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Jeremy Butterfield Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage, Hardback (March 2015)

This renowned reference work offers clear, practical guidance on controversial or disputed language usage, including questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. This new edition has been comprehensively updated and is a trustworthy guide for anyone seeking authoritative advice on the correct use of English.

Oxford A-Z of English Usage by Jeremy Butterfield Oxford A-Z of English Usage, Paperback (August 2013)

This handy guide provides crystal-clear help with writing correctly and appropriately in everyday situations. Arranged alphabetically, the book contains concise entries with guidance on individual words and phrases, and longer entries on broader topics such as overused words, bullet points, and avoiding sexist language.

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Author Biography - Jeremy Butterfield

Jeremy Butterfield is a freelance lexicographer who has contributed to many dictionary research programs. He is the author of the Oxford A to Z of English Usage. He lives in the UK.

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