Mr Elster's intuitive pronunciation key makes life so much easier than trying to struggle through the IPA, SAMPA or enPR that you always find in dictionaries. Read morePublished on May 21 2010 by Steven Repstock
[...]. the author's rules are, indeed, entirely arbitrary.
simply performing a mental utterance of many of his "proper" pronunciations affected me as strongly as a fingernail... Read more
Ha! I was coming here to praise this book with the exception of the pronunciation given for "Newfoundland"; it appears that others have commented on this topic ... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2000 by jensara
If you have ever gone into convulsions upon hearing the word "government" pronounced "GUV-uh-mint," then this book is for you. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2000 by W. Doyle
Ill-informed snobs like Elster give prescriptivism a bad name.
One can legitimately adopt a prescriptive (= this is proper, thus correct) rather than a descriptive (= this is... Read more
Read in the proper spirit, this is an absolutely hysterical book (in whatever sense of "hysterical" one choses). Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2000 by Richard Hershberger
Anyone who gives this book a poor review has a chip on his shoulder about Americans and American English. Read morePublished on June 2 2000 by Ash
If you've been looking for a book that will teach you to be a complete drag about pronunciation, look no further. Read morePublished on Dec 27 1999
Elster created a pronunciation guide that both informs and entertains. His careful attention to well-worded phrases and lively writing style forms a pronunciation guide with an... Read morePublished on Dec 13 1999 by OldBookGuy