Let s Talk Turkey

Author: Rosemarie Ostler
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Respected linguist Rosemarie Ostler demystifies over 150 colorful homegrown figures of speech. She traces each saying from its first known appearance in print to its place in modern English, uncovering a host of cultural and historical tidbits along the way.

That s The Way It Crumbles

Author: Matthew Engel
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782832629
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Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now. In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment that happens when one language dominates another. With dismay and wry amusement, he traces the American invasion of our language from the early days of the New World, via the influence of Edison, the dance hall and the talkies, right up to the Apple and Microsoft-dominated present day, and explores the fate of other languages trying to fend off linguistic takeover bids. It is not the Americans' fault, more the result of their talent for innovation and our own indifference. He explains how America's cultural supremacy affects British gestures, celebrations and way of life, and how every paragraph and conversation includes words the British no longer even think of as Americanisms. Part battle cry, part love song, part elegy, this book celebrates the strange, the banal, the precious and the endangered parts of our uncommon common language.

Founding Grammars

Author: Rosemarie Ostler
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466846283
Format: PDF
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Who decided not to split infinitives? With whom should we take issue if in fact, we wish to boldly write what no grammarian hath writ before? In Founding Grammars, Rosemarie Ostler delves into the roots of our grammar obsession to answer these questions and many more. Standard grammar and accurate spelling are widely considered hallmarks of a good education, but their exact definitions are much more contentious - capable of inciting a full-blown grammar war at the splice of a comma, battles readily visible in the media and online in the comments of blogs and chat rooms. With an accessible and enthusiastic journalistic approach, Ostler considers these grammatical shibboleths, tracing current debates back to America's earliest days, an era when most families owned only two books - the Bible and a grammar primer. Along the way, she investigates colorful historical characters on both sides of the grammar debate in her efforts to unmask the origins of contemporary speech. Linguistic founding fathers like Noah Webster, Tory expatriate Lindley Murray, and post-Civil War literary critic Richard Grant White, all play a featured role in creating the rules we've come to use, and occasionally discard, throughout the years. Founding Grammars is for curious readers who want to know where grammar rules have come from, where they've been, and where they might go next.

Love Songs

Author: Ted Gioia
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199357587
Format: PDF
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The love song is timeless. From its beginnings, it has been shaped by bohemians and renegades, slaves and oppressed minorities, prostitutes, immigrants and other excluded groups. But what do we really know about the origins of these intimate expressions of the heart? And how have our changing perceptions about topics such as sexuality and gender roles changed our attitudes towards these songs? In Love Songs: The Hidden History, Ted Gioia uncovers the unexplored story of the love song for the first time. Drawing on two decades of research, Gioia presents the full range of love songs, from the fertility rites of ancient cultures to the sexualized YouTube videos of the present day. The book traces the battles over each new insurgency in the music of love--whether spurred by wandering scholars of medieval days or by four lads from Liverpool in more recent times. In these pages, Gioia reveals that the tenderest music has, in different eras, driven many of the most heated cultural conflicts, and how the humble love song has played a key role in expanding the sphere of individualism and personal autonomy in societies around the world. Gioia forefronts the conflicts, controversies, and the battles over censorship and suppression spurred by such music, revealing the outsiders and marginalized groups that have played a decisive role in shaping our songs of romance and courtship, and the ways their innovations have led to reprisals and strife. And he describes the surprising paths by which the love song has triumphed over these obstacles, and emerged as the dominant form of musical expression in modern society.

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Author: 강준만
Publisher: 인물과사상사
ISBN: 8959062464
Format: PDF
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“당신이 믿고 있는 이성과 논리에 대한 유쾌한 반전이 시작된다” 강준만 교수가 세상을 바라보는 새로운 관점으로 ‘감정 독재’를 제시했다. 그리고 이 관점을 통해, 우리가 믿었던 이성과 논리에 대해 유쾌한 반전을 보여준다. '감정 독재'는 속도가 생명인 인터넷과 SNS로 대변되는 커뮤니케이션 혁명의 결과로 나타났다. 인간은 감정의 지배를 받으며 살아가는 존재인데, 속도는 감정을 요구하고, 감정은 속도에 부응함으로써 이성의 설 자리가 더욱 축소되었기 때문이다. 저자는 우리가 일상에서 친숙하게 접할 수 있는 50가지의 사례를 들면서, 감정독재란 무엇인지를 생생하게 보여준다. 왜 프로젝트 팀의 인원이 10명을 넘으면 안 되는지, 왜 어떤 기업들은 절대 시장조사를 하지 않는지, 왜 인터넷에 ‘충격’, ‘경악’, ‘결국’, ‘헉!’ 낚시질이 난무하는지, 왜 최고의 엘리트 집단이 최악의 어리석은 결정을 하는지 등 흥미있는 주제들이 감정 독재 이론 속에 총 망라된다. 여러 분야의 수많은 학자에 의해 논의된 이론과 유사 이론을 끌어들인 답은 우리에게 세상을 이해하고 꿰뚫어볼 수 있는 긴 시야와 깊은 안목을 전해줄 것이다.

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.