By Henry Hitchings
The English language is a battlefield. because the age of Shakespeare, arguments over right utilization were sour, and feature continually rather been approximately contesting values—morality, politics, and sophistication. The Language Wars examines the current kingdom of the clash, its heritage, and its destiny. especially, it makes use of the previous as a manner of illuminating the current. relocating chronologically, the e-book explores the main persistent matters to do with English and unpacks the historical past of “proper” usage. the place did those principles spring from? Who has been at the entrance strains within the language wars?
The Language Wars examines grammar principles, local accents, swearing, spelling, dictionaries, political correctness, and the position of digital media in reshaping language. It additionally takes a glance at such details because the break up infinitive, elocution, and textual content messaging. Peopled with interesting characters reminiscent of Jonathan quick, Lewis Carroll, and Lenny Bruce, The Language Wars is a necessary quantity for an individual drawn to the kingdom of the English language at the present time or its future.