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Can I Have a Word with You?

by Howard Richler

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list price: $21.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Oct 2007
ISBN:9781553800491
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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In his fifth book about language, Howard Richler moves through the alphabet from A to Z singling out words that may look innocuous but contain treasures of hidden meanings. Especially intriguing for Richler is how words change their meanings and develop layered connotations, involving us in a complex and often involuntary language game. Witter and erudite, Richler invites readers into the intimacy of language and allows us to delight in the ever-shifting glories of English.

About the Author
Howard Richler is a longtime logophile who has served as a language columnist for several newspapers and magazines. He is the author of seven books on language including: The Dead Sea Scroll Palindromes (1995), Take My Words: A Wordaholic's Guide to the English Language (1996), A Bawdy Language: How a Second-Rate Language Slept Its Way to the Top (1999), Global Mother Tongue: The Eight Flavours of English (2006), Can I Have a Word with You? (2007), Strange Bedfellows: The Private Lives of Words (2010), and most recently How Happy Became Homosexual: and Other Mysterious Semantic Shifts (2013).
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Howard Richler is a longtime logophile who has served as a language columnist for several newspapers and magazines. He is the author of seven books on language including: The Dead Sea Scroll Palindromes (1995), Take My Words: A Wordaholic's Guide to the English Language (1996), A Bawdy Language: How a Second-Rate Language Slept Its Way to the Top (1999), Global Mother Tongue: The Eight Flavours of English (2006), Can I Have a Word with You? (2007), Strange Bedfellows: The Private Livesof Words (2010), and most recently How Happy Became Homosexual: and Other Mysterious Semantic Shifts (2013).

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Can I Have a Word With You?

Howard Richler’s fifth book on the English language illustrates how words are always changing. In an A-Z format, Richler has selected words that represent every letter of the alphabet. He not only gives us the history of each word, but also explores their hidden meanings. He shows us how words can be used in different contexts, how we often use words selectively, and how some words have completely changed their meanings or have secondary meanings. How has “Orwellian” become a political euphemism, for example? Which came first, the word “orange” meaning the fruit or the colour? How have we become “cyber-inundated” since the 1990s? Why are some words considered to be politically incorrect? Richler’s treatise on words is both insightful and entertaining.

Richler’s other books on language include Global Mother Tongue and Take My Words.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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