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The Language Game Bill Reynolds

The Language Game

Bill Reynolds

Published September 1st 2012
ISBN : 9781462696239
Paperback
204 pages
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In our everyday use of English, most of us plunge right in- but when on the spot - when we know that someone might be paying special attention - many of us become nervous. Were quite sure what we want to say, but were uncertain about how to say it.MoreIn our everyday use of English, most of us plunge right in- but when on the spot - when we know that someone might be paying special attention - many of us become nervous. Were quite sure what we want to say, but were uncertain about how to say it. The demon which possesses us, says Donald J. Lloyd, is our mania for correctness. It dominates our minds from the first grade to the graduate school- it is the first and often the only thing we think of when we think of our language.... Correct! Thats what weve got to be, and the idea that weve got to be correct rests like a soggy blanket on our brains and our hands whenever we try to write. The articles in this volume, which appeared as a biweekly column for three years in a local paper, offer observations, comments, and criticism of how we play the game of language. Are we actually as crippled by our mania for correctness as LLoyd suggests?