The Evasion-English Dictionary: expanded edition

The Evasion-English Dictionary: expanded edition

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This expanded edition of The Evasion-English Dictionary comprises 40+ entries on common evasions and verbal camouflage including "like," "whatever," "I'm sorry if," "actually," "so," "sorry" (sorry-not-sorry), "the relationship," and "if."

“Cultural criticism takes the form of a dictionary in this slender, amusing volume.”

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A must read for a post-factual world, the expanded edition of The Evasion-English Dictionary is an insightful road map to popular words and phrases that reveal what we really mean, despite what Richard Lederer called our “linguistic camouflage.”

With subtle wit and linguistic playfulness, Maggie Balistreri identifies 40+ slippery terms—actually, but, I don’t know, oh well, think, like, so, sorry, whatever—with pitch-perfect examples from everyday life to illustrate the ironic and ridiculous nuances of our increasingly evasive lives.

 

“It’s Ambrose Bierce meets Erving Goffman!” —Christopher Roth, cultural and linguistic anthropologist

 

“Done with such gorgeous logic and good humor that you feel the terrible urge to read bits of it out loud to those nearest and dearest to you.” —Erin McKean, lexicographer, founder of Wordnik.com

 

“The brilliant writing, lucid thinking, and authentic passion in these pages make The Evasion-English Dictionary one of the most readable and incisive exposures of linguistic camouflage I have ever encountered.” —Richard Lederer, Anguished English

 

“Actually, pretty good!” —The Belladonna Comedy

 

”A stimulating collection that will sharpen your ears and stretch your mind.” —Thomas Szasz, The Untamed Tongue: A Dissenting Dictionary

 

 

 

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