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Lost For Words - John Humphrys

Paperback Published: 4th July 2005
ISBN: 9780340836590
Number Of Pages: 352

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Today programme presenter's Top Ten bestselling cry for better English in paperback for summer. From empty cliche to meaningless jargon, dangling participle to sentences without verbs, the English language is reeling. It is under attack from all sides. Politicians dupe us with deliberately evasive language. Bosses worry about impacting the bottom line while they think out of the box. Academics talk obscure mumbo jumbo. Journalists and broadcasters, who should know better, lazily collaborate. John Humphrys wittily and powerfully exposes the depths to which our beautiful language has sunk and offers many examples of the most common atrocities. He also dispenses some sensible guidance on how to use simple, clear and honest language. Above all, he shows us how to be on the alert for the widespread abuse - especially by politicians - and the power of the English language.

Industry Reviews

Humphrys is passionate about language - and very funny too - Rod Liddle

Greatly enjoyable - Simon Hoggart, Guardian

for all those who care about the English language - Ann Widdecombe, New Statesman

It is always exhilarating to read a book which says what so many of us think - Jonathan Keates, Spectator

Timely and lively - Sunday Telegraph

Let us be very clear about this from the start: John Humphrys is a Good Thing - Evening Standard

the Jack Russell of the Today programme has now chosen to take some well aimed snaps at solecism, jargon, cliche and weasel words... It is always exhilarating to read a book which says what so many of us think - Spectator

I commend Citizen Humphrys - Daily Mail

ISBN: 9780340836590
ISBN-10: 0340836598
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 4th July 2005
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1