[ExI] book

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 7 00:44:58 UTC 2019

Talk on the Wild Side, by Lane Greene, an editor at The Economist.

It's not your 'where do you put the comma' type of book, though it does
spend some time on 'whom' that might surprise you (including advice like
"Don't use 'whom' in a biker bar").  Though it would not work at all as a
text book, I learned a great deal from it.  Lots of good, common sense.

There is a lot of trash-talking, names included.  Sections on artificial
intelligence, several pages on Trump, a theory of bilingual education and a
lot more.

I have not read anything like it, out of all the books I have read on
language.  It's mainly on the descriptive as opposed to prescriptive
variety of linguistics, with lots of attacks on the latter, none polite.

Don't miss it if you can!

bill w
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