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Why Is Q Always Followed By U?: Word-perfect Answers To The Most-asked Questions About Language Hardcover – Aug 25 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books (Aug. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846141842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846141843
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,043,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'He tracks down a phrase and pins it down with a wit as sharp as a tack' Metro 'Like being drawn into a great detective story, full of red herrings and bogus alibis' Mail on Sunday 'A marvellous and original book, erudition without tears' Spectator

About the Author

Michael Quinion, author of the bestselling Port Out, Starboard Home, has always been fascinated by language. His lexophilia really began in earnest in 1991, when, realising so many new words were missing from the Oxford English Dictionary, he started sending examples of them to the editors. He eventually became an official freelance reader and in the past sixteen years, he has sent in over 160,000 citations. Not satisfied with merely helping the OED, Michael Quinion set up his own language website in 1997, The site has become a huge success as people all over the world ask Michael to tease out the truth behind the quirks of our language.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great bedside read Aug. 7 2009
By J. Lomax - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I savor a few articles from this book every night. I love how he chooses up-to-date examples as well as original examples from the obscure to the sublime. This book feeds and sharpens curiousity and is an instant favorite.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting but hard to access Dec 27 2012
By Christine - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like words and phrases, so this was interesting to get to the root and where the words appeared in previous literature and references. As a Kindle book, it was hard to find desired items, since there were not chapters or alphabetized categories to link to...just one continuous long text.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun read May 1 2013
By Atlantic Aviator - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Answers some of those questions about quirky parts of our language that puzzle us. Quinon's blog is also very enjoyable.