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Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean Michael Erard

Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean

Michael Erard

Published
ISBN : 9781400095438
Paperback
320 pages
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 About the Book 

This original, entertaining, and surprising book investigates verbal blunders: what they are, what they say about those who make them, and how and why weve come to judge them.Um... is about how you really speak, and why its normal for your everydayMoreThis original, entertaining, and surprising book investigates verbal blunders: what they are, what they say about those who make them, and how and why weve come to judge them.Um... is about how you really speak, and why its normal for your everyday speech to be filled with errors—about one in every ten words. In this charming, engaging account of language in the wild, linguist and writer Michael Erard also explains why our attention to some blunders rises and falls. Where did the Freudian slip come from? Why do we prize umlessness in speaking—and should we? And how do we explain the American presidents who are famous for their verbal stumbles? Full of entertaining examples, Um... is essential reading for talkers and listeners of all stripes.