The Comic English Grammar: An Introduction To The English Tongue

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    nhandang123 Active Member

    Subtitled ‘a new and facetious Introduction to the English Tongue’, this delightful guide to correct written and spoken English was first pub¬ lished almost 150 years ago. Just how serious its author’s intentions were can be gauged from a Preface which claims a patriotic as well as an educa¬ tive purpose, from the 50 or so humorous illustrations by J. Leech, and from a final ‘Address to Young Students’ which offers such helpful advice as to avoid eating gravy with a knife ‘for fear those about you should suppose you to be going to commit suicide’. Like the best parodies, The Comic English Grammar is closely based on the kind of work it aims to satirise. It is divided into four sections, on Orthography, Etymology, Syntax and Prosody, each offering a set of apparently sensible basic rules about parts of speech, sentence construc¬ tion, verse-speaking and so on. But every rule is provided with funny examples or authorial comments that turn learning into laughter; and the puns and riddles, nonsense rhymes and mockery belong to the same tradition of humour that produced Alice in Wonderland and 1066 and All That.
    • Publisher : Braken Books; FACSIMILE OF 1840 EDITION (January 1, 1989)
    • Language: English
    • Paperback ‏ : ‎246 pages
    • ISBN-10: 1851703314
    • ISBN-13: 978-1851703319
    • Article Weight: 14.1 ounces
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