WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OUR LANGUAGE?
In this small book are some of the most amusing examples of mixed metaphors, cliches, tautologies, mispronunciations and other catastrophes which combine to form what Harold Scruby calls ‘Manglish’ – the new language of our time.
Who but a politician could have said:
Nothing has been decided yet. Don’t let’s jump to confusions
You can take a horse to the river but you can’t make him water.?
And who but a sports commentator could have said:
He did a lot of running with his legs today
It’s a dog eat dog in this rat race.?
Yes, this is ‘Manglish’ in action. It it were not so serious it would be laughable …
Publisher: Collins Publishers Australia
Publication date: 1989
This is a great book for those who enjoy reading about the mangling of the English language for no other reason but to shake one’s head in wonder at some of the comments etc that are written and/or said by many people (they’re not all politicians and sports commentators).
It’s an easy, quick, enjoyable, and fun read. With many of the statements or words Scruby mentions he will add a little explanation of what was said which can prove to be quite hillarious at times. It’s the type of book that you can use for reference purposes as well as out of just plain curiosity. Very much recommend it.
Recommend for: Adults