About the Author - D.S. Paul M.A. English, has served as Lecturer in English in two colleges under Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and as guest faculty in institutes in New Delhi. Presently, he is working as Chief Editor in Atlantic Publishers and Distributors (P) Ltd., New Delhi.
About the Book - As English has evolved from Latin, Greek, Roman, French and many other languages over centuries, and not made by a computer, there are many asymmetries, inconsistencies and paradoxes, which are very interesting to read: (i) We drive in a parkway and park in a driveway. (ii) When we transport something by car, it is called a shipment, but when we transport something by ship, it is called cargo. (iii) We call it newsprint when it contains no printing but when we put print on it, we call it a newspaper. The book presents a large number of such interesting incongruities about English language. There are many striking facts about English: (i) Rhythm is the only word in English made without using any vowel. (ii) Dreamt is the only word in English that ends in mt. (iii) Only two words in English have all the vowels in order—facetiously and abstemiously. The book presents a compelling reading on recreational linguistics. The text is rich with examples from English writers like Shakespeare, Spenser, Twain, Lawrence, Shaw, Wordsworth, Keats, Marvell, Frost, Eliot, Donne and Dickinson, among many others. There are examples from Twain’s wit and Churchill’s repartee.
Contents • Preface • Prologue • Acknowledgements • Introduction • English and its Craziness • Interesting Facts about English • Humour and its Forms and Usages • Fun with Idioms and Proverbs • Fun and Learning with Figures of Speech • Malapropism or Misapplication of Words • Contronyms, Homophones and Heteronyms • Palindromes and Pangrams • Anagrams or Rearrangements of Letters or Words • Mondegreens or Mishearings • Epilogue