You probably all remember my posting, from time to time, about Nathan Bierma's "On Language" column in the Tribune. Unfortunately, with all the cost-cutting at newspapers, his column was cut. He was linguistically talented and posted some interesting articles. I received this email from him today and am passing it along. I intend to buy the book:
Dear Readers of my former "On Language" column,
I'm excited to announce a new book collection of the best of "On Language"!
The Eclectic Encyclopedia of English: Language at its Most Enigmatic, Ephemeral, and Egregious, as Observed in 'On Language'
by Nathan Bierma
published by William, James & Company, 2009
I enjoyed reading back through some old favorites: the origins of the alphabet, the mythology of 'solecism,' the scam of 'esquivalience,' the logic of 'beg the question,' the syntax of Yoda, and many more. I hope you do too!
You can order the book or view an excerpt at my website:
Please help me spread the word by telling a friend about the book, and by asking a bookstore near you to get it in stock. Thanks!