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The Evasion-English Dictionary Paperback – Bargain Price, Oct 26 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; 2nd edition (Oct. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971865973
  • ASIN: B005DI9CL2
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,504,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ort on March 22 2004
Format: Paperback
Contrary to what the author thinks, I blame the viral use of the word 'like' - the precursor to the computer virus - on ... Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. Who didn't let that little munchy craving, paranoid pothead infect us all?
The word is everywhere, ubiquitous, nonsense and useless. Finally, finally, finally, someone exposes the term for what it is - evasion. She breaks it down and reveals its many uses. Other terms such as 'whatever' are give due treatment as well. The book is linguistically sound and is humorous, if you get the joke.
I cannot recommend this book enough if you wish to expose the virus and root it out of your vocabulary.
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By A Customer on Jan. 17 2004
Format: Paperback
I liked the book, althought some of the sections seemed stretched. My only real complaint is over the price ... . Pulling the pamphlet sized book from the Amazon box left me feeling a bit cheated.
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Format: Paperback
In this witty and extremely funny little book, Maggie Balistreri, has been able to step back and listen, really listen, to not only what we, as a culture, are saying, but how we say it, and bring it all home, to our attention.
Balistreri not only has provided humorous examples of office-speak, relationship banter, parenting jibberish, and teen-speak, but she makes you think about what you are saying, really.
Two of my favorite sections are "whatever" and "like." I had no idea there were that many different meanings attached to the word "whatever." And, "like" is my favorite pet peeve of today's English.
The book is such a delightful read, I could hardly put it down, and was unable to resist reading passages to my friends, especially those whose speach patterns were found in the book.
The book was so enjoyable, I could not resist a second read as well.
Well worth your time and money.
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Format: Paperback
Balistreri highlights the subtle nuances that set the English language apart from all others. People seldom realize that they speak English so poorly, even those who are masters of grammar usage. I think this book should be required reading for all higher level high school English classes. It really points out just how much we abuse and misuse our language.
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