Exclusive Breaking News!

As regular blog readers certainly know by now, my first book, Literally, the Best Language Book Ever, will be published soon–on May 6, 2008. In fact, I have exclusive coverage of the press release related to the book’s release. I hope that it doesn’t stay exclusive for long since a press release is supposed to generate interest! Anyway, here it is, with the formatting removed:


Contact: Catherine Milne 212.366.2149catherine.milne@us.penguingroup.com

LITERALLY, THE BEST LANGUAGE BOOK EVER Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again

by Paul Yeager

Penguin Group (USA) created a sensation over punctuation with the release of Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (Gotham), and now Perigee, an imprint of Penguin, tackles trite, trendy, inane, outdated, and grammatically incorrect words, phrases, and expressions with LITERALLY, THE BEST LANGUAGE BOOK EVER: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again by Paul Yeager (Perigee Trade Paperback Original; May 6, 2008; $13.95). An astute commentary on today’s pop-culture style of speaking, Yeager’s guide goes well beyond grammar and punctuation to show why certain words or phrases should be “taken to the language dump to never be heard from again.”

Language lovers who find themselves frequently perplexed by illogical phrases (“centers around,” “It goes without saying, but…”), riled by redundancy (“brief summary,” “irregardless,” “mutual agreement”), and tired of nouns being used as verbs (“google it,” “scrapbooking”) will find their champion in Yeager, who attacks illogical expressions and misappropriated meanings with a linguistic scalpel. By turns annoyingly precise and happily contrarian, LITERALLY, THE BEST LANGUAGE BOOK EVER is a witty guide that can transform even the least literate into the epitome of eloquence.

Paul Yeager is managing editor for Accuweather.com and a freelance writer for local and regional magazines on topics ranging from humor and restaurant reviews to health and history. As a child, Yeager was annoyed when reading, writing, and arithmetic were referred to as the “Three Rs,” and he hasn’t changed much over the years. Not one television show, newspaper article, or appliance instruction booklet slips by without him editing or analyzing the effectiveness of its language.


by Paul Yeager

Perigee Trade Paperback Original; May 6, 2008; $13.95ISBN-13: 978-0-399-53423-2 Visit us on the web at http://www.penguin.com

Penguin Group (USA) is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Philomel, Plume, Puffin Books, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson, the international media company with market leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. For more information, visit http://www.pearson.com.


Paul’s book–Literally, the Best Language Book Ever; Sherry’s Grammar List


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3 Responses to Exclusive Breaking News!

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    Congratulations on the impending arrival of your new book. As someone who shuddered whenever the grammar unit was being taught in English class, I look forward to reading your tome. May it help cure my grammar phobia…

    Reply from Paul: Thanks!

  2. Caroline in AZ says:

    Kudos for the new book! I look forward to reading it, although my grammar skills are lacking I am known in the family as The Lexiconigraphical Gestapo. Yes, we like to make up words, but only for the sake of amusement. 🙂 I was thrilled to see ‘irregardless’ mentioned. Best of luck!

    Reply from Paul: Thanks for the congratulations on the book, and I love the nickname!

    Irregardless is a good example of a word that is accepted by many since it’s in the dictionary but just doesn’t make sense based on logic. Sherry shares our disdain for the word (No Regard for Irregardless).

  3. Bill says:

    How about healthy for healthful, as in healthy foods? You are healthy, foods are healthful.

    Reply from Paul: That’s in the book. Sherry also wrote about it on the blog (Is it healthy or healthful?).

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