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Blooming English: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Mai 2004

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'Blooming English is easy to read, informative and entertaining … Anyone interested in the English language should get it. Enjoy!' Herald Sun

'In Blooming English Burridge has wrested our beloved language away from fusty and pedantic linguists and championed its ability to grow and develop. Her passion for the complexities of language fuels this book and really rubbed off on me.' (publication not known)

'Burridge observes the unruly garden of language with the dedication and wonder of a seasoned botanist. Her enthusiasm is infectious.' The Age

'She has a wonderful ability to make quite complex linguistic issues accessible to a general audience, often with the aid of wit and humour.' Australian Book Review

'Burridge writes 'racial and ethnic swearwords are the true obscenities. Their use is so provocative as to have legal consequences'.' The Times Literary Supplement

'… a fascinating little book …' Writers Forum

'… a book, which far from being a dry study in linguistics, is eminently readable and infused by a dry sense of humour.' Writing Magazine

'Blooming English is an enjoyable browse, with fascinating insights into a wide range of questions concerning the English language. It is erudite yet light-hearted, and well informed while being accessible.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Blooming English is a well-researched and neatly edited introduction into the world of linguistics for non- specialists. This is in particular due to Kate Burridge's extraordinary talent for explaining rather complicated linguistic topics in a way that is accessible to non-linguists, which is greatly facilitated by her wonderful enthusiasm … its casual style makes Blooming English excellent reading … It therefore is highly recommendable to language enthusiasts, no matter whether professional or amateur.' Robert Mailhammer, LINGUIST List

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English is the most creative, changeable and imaginative of languages. This book celebrates its many facets, including slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing unpleasant or inconvenient facts. It is a book for browsing: readable and entertaining, and full of intriguing snippets about language, history and social customs.

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Most of the material in this book is provided by the 180 or so radio pieces that I've written for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC's) Soundbank. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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Delightfully addictive 10. Januar 2005
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I had the pleasure of hearing Kate present many of her radio segments, which were always filled with intriguing snippets about the English language. Now she has made this information available to a wider public. Her writing style is very easy-going, and each chapter in the book can be dipped into individually. There were so many fascinating parts that it would be hard to single out my favourite, although the range of language used in St Valentine's Day messages was eye-opening and hilarious, and the way letters appear and disappear through the centuries was fascinating. I was taught very correct grammar and it was very interesting to discover that many of these "golden rules" have no basis for their adoption and in fact in some cases are totally wrong.

A delightful book from beginning to end.
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Good layman's tour through linguistic territory 9. August 2005
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Burridge writes about linguistically interesting phenomena, but in a style that a layman reader can grasp without much difficulty. She packs each page with copius examples that run the gamut of our fascinating English language. As a linguistics instructor, I intend to hang on to this one for the clarity of its style and substance of content. As an American English speaker I also find her Australianisms very interesting!
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Erudition lightly worn 7. Mai 2011
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Not without its pleasures (once upon a time we could be kempt, corrigible, ert and wieldy, and full of ruth and list - and the singular of quince, chintz and bodice was quin, chint and body!) If Richard Lederer's your wacky, over-the-toppo uncle (and he is, he is) she's a companionable, and formidably erudite, auntie - but maybe one for the 'loobry' (as she puts it on p18), not the study.

As a sample of the erudition carelessly on display (p80) coney used to be pronunced like honey (or indeed bunny) - it changed when the word (spelt cunny) became a synonym for a female body part with an uncomfortable proximity to another such term. Cunny Island, anyone? It's time we brought cock back instead of rooster, too - a fine upstanding vocable. Then there's the archaic word for fart on p50 that I can't find anywhere else (is it April 1st?) and a French dialect term stuck improbably midway between gallus (cock) and cattus (cat) and meaning either, but she doesn't tell us what it is! (Is all this going to get past the firewall, I wonder?)
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