Going to Hell in a Hen Basket (Hardback)
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Going to Hell in a Hen Basket (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 06/08/2015
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Everyone has made the mistake of using a word or phrase that they think sounds sort of right, but isn't. Rubin collects his favourite malapropisms in a gift book that's perfect for bookworms and wordsmiths. Some examples include: -"without further adieu" - Conflation of bidding adieu (saying good-bye) with ado (complicated doings, ceremony) to mean "without saying anything more." -"hair-brained" - Perhaps confuses hare-brained with airheaded. Hare-brained (rash, silly, or stupid) derives from the erratic mating dances of hares, as in the saying mad as a March hare," though it also follows that someone with hair for brains wouldn't be sharp. -"l was curled up in a feeble position" - Confusing feeble with fetal, but actually makes a bit of sense! -"exercising demons" - I guess even demons need to go to the gym. Found on blogs, the deepest corners of the internet, as well as some of the most esteemed publications, Rubin gently pokes fun at the twists and turns writers put our language through.

Publisher: St Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250066275
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 188 x 134 x 20 mm


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"The particular pleasure that one gets when one discovers a malapropism in the wild comes in part from ferreting out the logic that underlies it. These entries from Robert Alden Rubin s new book "Going to Hell in a Hen Basket: An Illustrated Dictionary of Modern Malapropisms" attempt to do just that, where it can be deduced and to offer speculation where it can t." Grammar Girl
""Going to Hell in a Hen Basket..."offers readers a pain staking but hilarious journey amidst the strings and arrows of language misfortune.... Not only does Rubin bare witness to these word-garblers who seemingly grew up speaking pigeon English, but he sets the goal standard, by honing in on the etymology of these linguistic egg corns, whether it be a case of pesky sound-alikes or deep-seeded hearing difficulties.... The result is the perfect gift book for word nerds...chalk full of philological humor.... Trust me, you'll double over into a feeble position at some of these not-so-bon-mots." "Brevity "magazine"


"The particular pleasure that one gets when one discovers a malapropism in the wild comes in part from ferreting out the logic that underlies it. These entries from Robert Alden Rubin's new book Going to Hell in a Hen Basket: An Illustrated Dictionary of Modern Malapropisms attempt to do just that, where it can be deduced and to offer speculation where it can't." --Grammar Girl
"Going to Hell in a Hen Basket...offers readers a pain staking but hilarious journey amidst the strings and arrows of language misfortune.... Not only does Rubin bare witness to these word-garblers who seemingly grew up speaking pigeon English, but he sets the goal standard, by honing in on the etymology of these linguistic egg corns, whether it be a case of pesky sound-alikes or deep-seeded hearing difficulties.... The result is the perfect gift book for word nerds...chalk full of philological humor.... Trust me, you'll double over into a feeble position at some of these not-so-bon-mots." --Brevity magazine

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