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Spiegl, Fritz


Kyle Cathie



224 pages


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Do you know the difference between acetic and ascetic? Burgers and burghers? Bucolic and alcoholic? Complacent, complaisant and compliant? A cassock, a Cossack, a hassock, a tussock, a hillock, a hummock and a pillock? If not, Fritz Spiegl's Contradictionary is the book for you. With entries varying from pithy brevity to mini essays, this quirky but well-informed textbook will be essential reading for anyone who has ever been caught using the wrong word in the wrong place (or been caught out being too clever by half). Readers, writers and students of media studies will find answers to frequently asked questions - and a number of questions it had never occurred to them to ask. Fritz Spiegl was a German who came to England as a child. In the intervening 60 years, he never lost his fascination with the eccentricities of the English language and the abuses to which it is often subject.

By:   Spiegl Fritz
Imprint:   Kyle Cathie
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   261g


ISBN 10:   185626954X
Series:   Dictionary
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   October 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Fritz Spiegl's many books include Keep Taking the Tabloids, a diatribe against the abuse of English commonly found in our popular press, two gravestone-shaped books A Small Book of Grave Humour and Dead Funny, InWords and OutWords, The Joy of Words, Mediawrite/Mediaspeak (the language of the press and broadcasting), and Music through the Looking-Glass (musical terms and professional jargon). He also produced Scouse International (the Liverpool dialect in five languages, including Japanese) to accompany four earlier volumes of Lern Yerself Scouse.

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