Thursday, December 6, 2012

Recommended Read - The Story of Ain't by David Skinner

The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever PublishedThe Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published by David Skinner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

By the end of the first chapter of this smart, witty book I already knew enough to answer how the word "ain't" came to be in the dictionary! There were so many incredible gems of knowledge in this lexiturgical journey, including that many people used to eat ice cream with forks because spoons were considered vulgar - who knew? The author is an incredible wordsmith who creates an interesting glimpse into the complexity and politics involved in American English.
I almost felt that the first chapter should go later in the book, since the uncorrected review copy I received had the back story following the first chapter. The phrase "take that" was also very overused. However, this is possibly something that was fixed in the final editing.
I think this book made me more aware of my "language snobbery" because often we are expected to write a certain grammatical way but we speak a completely different way, resulting in some mixed use.
Overall, this was a superb read and I highly recommend it! :)

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