Um... by Michael Erard
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By Michael Erard


Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What they Mean

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Um... by Michael Erard

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This original, entertaining, and surprising book investigates verbal blunders: what they are, what they say about those who make them, and how and why we've come to judge them. Um... is about how you really speak, and why it's normal for your everyday speech to be filled with errors about one in every ten words. In this charming, engaging account of language in the wild, linguist and writer Michael Erard also explains why our attention to some blunders rises and falls. Where did the Freudian slip come from? Why do we prize "umlessness" in speaking and should we? And how do we explain the American presidents who are famous for their verbal stumbles? Full of entertaining examples, Um... is essential reading for talkers and listeners of all stripes."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400095438
ISBN-10: 1400095433
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 136mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Ballantine Books Inc.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 12-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Erard

Michael Erard, a graduate of Williams College, received an M.A. in linguistics and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas. His articles about language have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Science, Seed, The Texas Observer, and many other publications. His website is He lives in Austin, Texas, and Portland, Maine.

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