Free (The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker) author Charles Harrington Elster


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  • The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker
  • Charles Harrington Elster
  • English
  • 09 March 2019
  • 9780618423156

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Ah that satisfying feeling of having completed a read through of a dictionary or usage guide I ve been spending some months dipping into Charles Harrington Elster s The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations and today I finished It has been a highly enjoyable read I have enjoyed a number of style and usage guides such as Garner s Modern American Usage but Elster s book opened up a new landscape of pronunciation that I had not previously experienced at least not to this depth I will humbly admit that prior to reading the Big Book I did not know the word orthoepist an authority on proper pronunciation p 361 Now I know that word and the histories of pronunciation for many other words as wellTo say that this book is about proper pronunciation is almost a disservice to the content In explaining the sometimes tortuous histories of pronunciation Elster delves into world history sociolinguistics cultural attitudes and language shift His entries range from minimal sometimes only giving the pronunciation with no additional information to several page long accounts Thus the book is not just for people who want to learn how to pronounce words correctly but it is a delight for anyone interested in the English language generallyThe bad news is that the book s subtitle The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker indicates a stance Elster employs that very often gets in the way He is indeed opinionated and his voice becomes an annoyance distracting unnecessarily from the great content he is otherwise presenting Elster is a clear example of why the descriptivist vs prescriptivist debate continues even though the actual discussion need not be so polarized He revels in making himself obnoxious to those who would disagree with him inviting retaliation rather than fruitful dialogue The reader of the Big Book will go crazy trying to figure out a coherent logic to Elster s pronunciation preferences Sometimes he argues for tradition other times he s happy to go with recent innovation Only Elster himself could understand why he makes the choices he does This is fine of course for each individual but it is sometimes maddening in a book that purports to arm you with the information you need to decide what is acceptable for you back cover This paragraph made me chuckle as he suddenly seems to be much lenient than he has seemed throughout the rest of the bookIf you ve been browsing through this book for a while you are probably well aware that I am not a big fan of newly minted pronunciations Unlike the editors of most current dictionaries I do not rush to embrace every phonetic aberration that comes down the pike I am by nature sceptical of innovations in speech and inclined to defend established pronunciations That noted however I must now say this As a liberal purist I believe in evaluating things on a case by case basis and some cases present compelling reasons to chuck the old in favour of the new It would be a grave mistake to assume that just because a pronunciation is new it must be objectionable It all depends on who s doing the changing and whether there s any justification for it 437This strikes me as a significantly different tune than elsewhere in the book where he has ridiculed people who disagree with his pronunciation preferences implying that they are backwater hicks of obviously lower intelligence than those who pronounce things correctlyEarlier Elster affirmed that As anyone who studies pronunciation even cursorily knows well the orthoepist s labels wrong and right and correct or less correct often have little or no bearing on what prevails 246 That being the case I would respect Elster if he could be gentler toward those who may have other opinions about pronunciation especially when his own matrix for deciding on pronunciations seems at times so haphazard and uneven When his seriousness about the art of orthoepy is packaged in such sarcasm and mockery of others views he nearly sabotages the very idea of orthoepy making a spectacle of himself and the disciplineI ve possibly gone on a bit too long about the negative parts of this book Because honestly I greatly enjoyed all that I learned about the history of words and pronunciation I disagree with Elster on many many points okay so err is supposed to be pronounced ur not air but where and when I grew up I never heard anyone pronounce it that way and I would feel very strange saying it that way I m sticking with air but even where we differ I like knowing the different perspectives on pronunciation On almost every page there was an entry that completely surprised me That word is actually pronounced like that I ll gladly keep a copy of the Big Book on my desk along with my other favorite dictionaries and usage guides to dip into for fun occasionally or to check myself while preparing presentations

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