Edwin Newman's Edwin Newman on Language : Strictly Speaking and A Civil PDF

By Edwin Newman

ISBN-10: 0446974595

ISBN-13: 9780446974592

A compilation of 2 best-selling essays at the deterioration of the English language--Strictly Speaking and A Civil Tongue--argue that the kingdom of the language is an instantaneous mirrored image at the nation of society.

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The English suburban fondness for such houses, especially near the coast, changed the landscape in the twentieth century. However, the 1968 Beatles song “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” was inspired by the real thing when John Lennon mocked a rich American at the Maharishi’s meditation camp who proudly shot a tiger. ) With the elevator broken and a ten-story climb ahead, Arthur and Enid first conceived their dream—a bungalow by the sea. C Camaraderie comradeship (French) This word conveys a spirit of fellowship and trust between friends or colleagues.

You’d better get Gavin a cab home, Lou. I don’t think he’s fully compos mentis. Confetti sweets (Italian) The term is the plural of “confetto” meaning “candy,” but the term is exclusively used in Italy for sugared almonds, which are eaten at weddings, baptisms, and first communions. The British and American tradition of throwing confetti at weddings is related to the very old tradition of throwing rice, dates, or nuts that may reach back beyond ancient Rome or Egypt. It brings good luck and represents fertility and abundance.

In English the word is usually used to describe people who are experts in the fields of art, literature, or fashion, indicating a certain refinement in taste and judgment. It is also used more colloquially to describe those who are “in the know” on any subject; a member of the cocktail cognoscenti could guide one to the perfect Manhattan, while the techno cognoscenti would lead you to the best computer. You couldn’t find leopard-print leggings that year for love or money. The fashion cognoscenti had bought up every last pair.

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