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Contradictionary : Dictionary - Fritz Spiegl



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Do you know the difference between acetic and ascetic? Burgers and burghers? Bucolic and alcoholic? Complacent, complaisant and compliant? A cassock, a Cossack, a hassock, a tussock, a hillock, a hummock and a pillock? If not, Fritz Spiegl's Contradictionary is the book for you.

With entries varying from pithy brevity to mini essays, this quirky but well-informed textbook will be essential reading for anyone who has ever been caught using the wrong word in the wrong place (or been caught out being too clever by half). Readers, writers and students of media studies will find answers to frequently asked questions-and a number of questions it had never occurred to them to ask. Fritz Spiegl was a German who came to England as a child. In the intervening 60 years, he never lost his fascination with the eccentricities of the English language and the abuses to which it is often subject.

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- The title didn't tell me exactly what the book was about; I had to refer to the description. - It was very useful during my editing and proofreading course studies, and will continue to be in my work. - It's quicker and easier to go directly to the Index. In many instances, the word I needed to check was not the first word in the listing in the book.

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Fritz Spiegl's many books include Keep Taking the Tabloids, a diatribe against the abuse of English commonly found in our popular press, two gravestone-shaped books A Small Book of Grave Humour and Dead Funny, InWords and OutWords, The Joy of Words, Mediawrite/Mediaspeak (the language of the press and broadcasting), and Music through the Looking-Glass (musical terms and professional jargon). He also produced Scouse International (the Liverpool dialect in five languages, including Japanese) to accompany four earlier volumes of Lern Yerself Scouse.

ISBN: 9781856269544
ISBN-10: 185626954X
Series: Dictionary
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 2nd September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition