Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

18 September 2019 | By Gretchen McCulloch | Filed in: language.

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language Language is humanity s most spectacular open source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in interesting ways than ever before Internet conversations are structured by th

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

18 September 2019 | By Archie Bongiovanni | Filed in: language.

Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide tha

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

18 September 2019 | By Cecelia Watson | Filed in: language.

A page turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world s most polarizing punctuation markThe semicolon Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it But why When is it effective Have we been misusing it Should

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

18 September 2019 | By Benjamin Dreyer | Filed in: language.

A witty, informative guide to writing good English from Random House s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter s leading enforcers of proper grammar a twenty first century Elements of Style As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hund

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It

18 September 2019 | By Gabriel Wyner | Filed in: language.

The ultimate rapid language learning guide For those who ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently He didn t learn them in school who does rather, he learned th

Suffering the Scot (Brotherhood of the Black Tartan #1)

18 September 2019 | By Nichole Van | Filed in: language.

Lady Jane Everard cannot abide the new Earl of Hadley The unmannered Scot is a menace to genteel ladies everywhere, what with his booming laugh and swishing kilt and endless supply of ochs and ayes Jane wishes Lord Hadley would behave as an earl should and adhere to English rules of polite con

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

18 September 2019 | By Amanda Montell | Filed in: language.

The word bitch conjures many images for many people but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn t refer to gender at all it originated as a gender neutral word meaning genitalia A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a fema

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

18 September 2019 | By Kory Stamper | Filed in: language.

Brimming with intelligence and personality, a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made a must read for word mavens While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself With sharp wit and irreverence, K

Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations

18 September 2019 | By Garson O\'Toole | Filed in: language.

Extensive and brilliant investigations a tour de force of detective work Mr O Toole is a beacon of accuracy who should inspire all readers who prefer their facts real rather than phony Wall Street Journal Everywhere you look, you ll find viral quotable wisdom attributed to icons ranging from Ab

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter

18 September 2019 | By Celeste Headlee | Filed in: language.

WE NEED TO TALK In this urgent and insightful book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee shows us how to bridge what divides us by having real conversations BASED ON THE TED TALK WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWSNPR s Best Books of 2017 Winner of the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award in Relationships Com

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

18 September 2019 | By Jonathan Gottschall | Filed in: language.

Humans live in landscapes of make believe We spin fantasies We devour novels, films, and plays Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country It s easy to say that humans are wired for story, but why

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

18 September 2019 | By Mary Norris | Filed in: language.

The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine dark sea In her New York Times bestseller Between You Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker s celebrated copy department In Greek to Me, she delivers

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

18 September 2019 | By Steven Pinker | Filed in: language.

A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media Do the kids today even care about good writing Why sh

The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

18 September 2019 | By Bill Bryson | Filed in: language.

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language From the first descent of the larynx into the throat why you can talk but your dog can t ,

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

18 September 2019 | By Lynne Truss | Filed in: language.

In Eats, Shoots Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful an

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

18 September 2019 | By Steven Pinker | Filed in: language.

The classic book on the development of human language by the world s leading expert on language and the mind In this classic, the world s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the br