How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
A Guide to Oaths, Ring Tones, Famous Last Words, and Other Forms of Minimalist Communication
Our everyday lives are inevitably touched-and immeasurably enriched-by an extraordinary variety of miniature forms of verbal communication, from classified ads to street signs, and from yesterday's graffito to tomorrow's headline. "Short Cuts" offers a well-researched and vibrantly written account of minimalist speech.