By Paul Yeager
By means of turns gleefully specific and fortunately contrarian, this can be a hugely opinionated consultant to raised conversation. In Literally, the easiest Language booklet Ever, writer Paul Yeager assaults with a linguistic scalpel the illogical expressions and misappropriated meanings which are so usual and demanding. deciding on thousands of universal language miscues, Yeager offers an astute examine the area of phrases and the way we abuse them each day.
For the grammar snobs trying to find any port in a hurricane of subpar syntax, or the self-confessed rubes looking a assisting hand, this witty consultant can rework even the least literate into the epitome of eloquence.
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