Paul Yeager’s book, Literally, the Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again, was published by Perigee Books. The book consists of words, phrases, and expressions that should be avoided for various reasons, ranging from being grammatically incorrect to being overly trendy to being trite to being just plain annoying!
His second book, Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities, was published by Perigee on March 2, 2010.
Chapter-by-Chapter Outline of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever:
1. Wrong Answer: Please Try Again (grammar errors)
2. Play it Again, Sam (errors of redundancy and repetition)
3. Verbification (nouns being incorrectly used as verbs)
4. Abused and Misused (contrived words and words used incorrectly)
5. That Makes No Sense, Captain Kirk (illogical words and phrases)
6. It’s All Bad…Believe Me (excessively trendy words and expressions)
7. What a Way to Make a Living (ineffective workplace words and expressions)
8. You Thought You Were Clever, But… (phrases that may have been witty the first time they were used)
9. That’s Not What I Meant (inarticulate language)
10. Insincerity is the Highest Form of Flattery (insincere or dismissive phrases)
11. Older Than Dirt (common cliches and irrelevant phrases)
12. Stop Playing Games (ineffective sports terminology)
13. Write Your Own Book (personal language pet peeves)
The book can be purchased in most book stores (including Barnes and Noble and Borders) and on any number of Web sites, including Barnesandnoble.com.