Contradictionary An A-Z of Confusibles, Lookalikes and Soundalikes Fritz Spiegl
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Do you know the difference between acetic and ascetic? Burgers and burghers? Bucolic and alcoholic? Complacent, complaisant and compliant? A cassock, a Cossack, a hassock, a tussock, a hillock, a hummock and a pillock? If not, Fritz Spiegl's Contradictionary is the book for you. With entries varying from pithy brevity to mini essays, this quirky but well-informed textbook will be essential reading for anyone who has ever been caught using the wrong word in the wrong place (or been caught out being too clever by half). Readers, writers and students of media studies will find answers to frequently asked questions – and a number of questions it had never occurred to them to ask. Fritz Spiegl was a German who came to England as a child. In the intervening 60 years, he never lost his fascination with the eccentricities of the English language and the abuses to which it is often subject.
A native speaker of German, Fritz Spiegl did not speak a word of English when he moved to England as a 13 year-old—a fact which has often been regarded as the trigger for his preoccupation with language phenomena such as, say, malapropisms and for the biting yet humorous linguistic purism of his later years.