By Henry Hitchings
The English language is a battlefield. because the age of Shakespeare, arguments over right utilization were acrimonious, and people concerned have consistently quite been contesting values - to do with morality, politics and sophistication. THE LANGUAGE WARS examines the current country of the clash, its background and its destiny. particularly, it makes use of the previous as a fashion of illuminating the current. relocating chronologically, the booklet explores the main chronic concerns to do with English and unpacks the background of 'proper' utilization. the place did those rules spring from? Which of today's bugbears and annoyances are literally venerable? Who has been at the entrance line within the language wars? THE LANGUAGE WARS examines grammar principles, nearby accents, swearing, spelling, dictionaries, political correctness, and the position of digital media in reshaping language. It additionally takes a glance at such niggling issues because the break up infinitive, elocution and textual content messaging. Peopled with exciting characters equivalent to Jonathan rapid, H. W. Fowler and George Orwell in addition to the extra disparate figures of Lewis Carroll, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lenny Bruce, THE LANGUAGE WARS is a vital quantity for somebody attracted to the country of the English language at the present time or intrigued approximately its destiny.