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Many a True Word

Richard Anthony Baker

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Historical & comparative linguistics, Prose: non-fiction

From the author of the BBC Radio News house style guide comes a fascinating guide to the English language.

What are the top one hundred words we use the most? How should anchovy, chastisement and tryst be pronounced? How good are you at spelling the most commonly misspelt words and names? Sit back and let Richard Anthony Baker guide you through the richness of what our language derives from French and German; then bristle at the words banned in the Daily Telegraph; laugh at the officialese of corporate and governmental writers; bone up on our use of language from one William Shakespeare (and the Bible) in our day-to-day talk; absorb Richard's master classes on how to win at Scrabble with devastating ease, and how to complete cryptic crosswords with impressive alacrity; and test your linguistic agility by trying to answer the five questions which Google puts to job applicants.

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Praise for Many a True Word

  • The pity is that it is so short: we need one of these every year. - The Times

  • Hugely enjoyable . . . will no dobt fill many a festive stocking this Christmas. Freewheeling and fascinating. - The Stage

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