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The Language Game

The Language Game (ISBN10: 1462696236; ISBN13: 9781462696239)
ISBN13: 978-1462696239
ISBN10: 1462696236

Summary: In our everyday use of English, most of us plunge right in; but when on the spot - when we know that someone might be paying special attention - many of us become nervous. We're quite sure what we want to say, but we're uncertain about how to say it. "The demon which possesses us," says Donald J. Lloyd, "is our mania for correctness. It dominates our minds from the first grade to the graduate school; it is the first and often the only thing we think of when we think of our language.... Correct!
That's what we've got to be, and the idea that we've got to be correct rests like a soggy blanket on our brains and our hands whenever we try to write." The articles in this volume, which appeared as a biweekly column for three years in a local paper, offer observations, comments, and criticism of how we play the game of language. Are we actually as crippled by our "mania for correctness" as LLoyd suggests?
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Summary: In our everyday use of English, most of us plunge right in; but when on the spot - when we know that someone might be paying special attention - many of us become nervous. We're quite sure what we want to say, but we're uncertain about how to say it. "The demon which possesses us," says Donald J. Lloyd, "is our mania for correctness. It dominates our minds from the first grade to the graduate school; it is the first and often the only thing we think of when we think of our language.... Correct! That's what we've got to be, and the idea that we've got to be correct rests like a soggy blanket on our brains and our hands whenever we try to write." The articles in this volume, which appeared as a biweekly column for three years in a local paper, offer observations, comments, and criticism of how we play the game of language. Are we actually as crippled by our "mania for correctness" as LLoyd suggests?...show less

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Publisher: PublishAmerica, Incorporated
Year Published: 2012
International: No



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