The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English, from Shakespeare to South Park
Publish date: October 27th 2009
Publisher: Walker & Company
Pages no: 326
Edition language: English
So what is this book about? For its fancy appearance and title, its roots are simple: a history and explanation of the English language, and how it works and has worked.Not too hard to understand. So why the big hype about it? Why do I flaunt and fangirl and rave like a joyous kid who got their dose...
I was a bit surprised by engaging this book is. The book looks at this history of English, with a focus on the tools (spellers, grammars, and dictionaries) developed by either prescriptivists or descriptivists. It was fascinating.