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On Words: Insights into How Our Words Work-And Don't [Hardcover]

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From pesky pronouns and preferred pronunciations to the common media mistakes that mar the language, this offbeat romp provides humor and insight into the aspects and words of the English language that make it come to life. Five sections, each dealing with a broad area of language and word usage, present interesting etymologies, the effects words have on our lives, and how language reflects one's personality. Word and language lovers will take delight in the "Words and the Calendar" section, which analyzes the many words relating to days, months, and time in general. The "Words on Words" section will also have readers laughing at the hilarious chapter on the many words and metaphors encompassing the word "foot," from "put your foot in your mouth" to "footlights."

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.2" Width: 4.9" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Marion Street Press, Inc.
ISBN  1933338202  
ISBN13  9781933338200  

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More About Paula LaRocque

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! PAULA LaROCQUE Biography Paula LaRocque is a communications consultant who has conducted writing workshops for hundreds of media, government, academic, and business groups in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She was assistant managing editor, writing coach, and frequent columnist at The Dallas Morning News from 1981 through 2001. She also has been writing consultant for the Associated Press, the European Stars & Stripes, and the Drehscheibe Institute in Germany. From 1971 to 1981, she taught technical writing at Western Michigan University's School of Engineering, and communications/writing at Texas A&M, Southern Methodist, and Texas Christian universities. She has been a columnist for Quill magazine since the early 1990s, airs commentaries on the language for National Public Radio in Dallas, and is author of three non-fiction books and a novel: The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well Championship Writing: 50 Ways to Improve Your Writing On Words: Insight Into How Our Words Work-and Don't Chalk Line, a Ben Gallagher mystery. Her second novel in the Ben Gallagher mystery series, Monkey See, will be published in 2013. A member of the Associated Press Managing Editors association from the early 1990s through 2001, Paula was elected to the Board of Directors and appointed an officer. In 2001, the association granted her its singular and highest honor: the Meritorious Service Award for exemplary contribution to journalism. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude and a Master of Arts degree from Western Michigan University. Blog and website: Paula also can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and LinkedIn.

Paula LaRocque was born in 1937.

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1Books > Subjects > Reference > General
2Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > Etymology
3Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > Vocabulary
4Books > Subjects > Reference > Writing > Writing Skills

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A delightful, spellbinding journey though the wonderful world of words.   Sep 13, 2007
Paula skillfully guides you on a fun-filled adventure through the world of words.

Improve your communication skills. Expand your vocabulary. Spend time today reading this fun-filled, easy read to refresh and broaden your command of the English language.

Whether you're looking to improve or expand your communication skills, reading "On Words" is time well spent! Paula's approach is fun, light-hearted, and easy to read. While at the same time, she packs a punch as she discusses uses and mis-uses of a variety of words.

Paula makes it entertaining and fun as she refreshes and expands your command of the English Language. Only wish I had her book years ago.
Another delightful, albeit small, book on language by Paula LaRocque. She is spot on with her observation that an oft reaction by people when they hear others, with inveterate ignorance, using such grating and incorrect constructions as "very unique" or "this is between you and I", is a compelling urge to publicly correct them.

With some authors one wonders why they have written so much - with LaRocque one regrets she has not written more. Not only is her writing informative and entertaining, there is a certain charm about it.

Ever puzzle over the correct uses of 'a', 'an', 'as', 'quotation marks', 'apostrophes', and 'commas'? After reading LaRocque's 'On Words - Insight Into How Our Words Work - And Don't' you will puzzle no more.

Her chapter on Shakespeare's birthday is a gem as is the one on the word 'father'. Did you know that etymologically there is a nexus between the words 'father' and 'food'? There is. Reading this book is a veritable feast - movable or otherwise.

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