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Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log
by Mark Liberman, Geoffrey K. Pullum
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I haven't finished, but I am loving it. The humour and passion shared herein are fabulous. Down with Strunk and White!
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-the snowclone: "If Eskimos have forty words for snow, then surely Republican senators must have two hundred words for 'gay airport bathroom sex scandal'"
-the eggcorn: "baited breath", "hone in", "on tenderhooks", "for all intensive purposes"
And lots of funny attacks on prescriptivists, and investigation of taboo language, and crosslinguistic perception (one great post I remember about how speakers of different languages understood the way an Uyghur pronounced the word "Uyghur", and uptalk, and furthermore and suchlike. This book is probably worth a look. ( )