The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense

The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense

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During his time at The New Yorker, Daniel Menaker happened across a superb spelling mistake: “The zebras were grazing on the African svelte." Fascinated by the idea of unintentionally meaningful spelling errors, he began to see that these gaffes—neither typos nor auto-corrects—are sometimes more interesting than their straight-laced counterparts. Through examples he has collected over the course of his decades-long career as an editor and writer, he brings us to a new understanding of language--how it's used, what it means, and what fun it can be.

Illustrated by the inimitable Roz Chast, with a foreword from former poet laureate Billy Collins, The African Svelte offers thoughtful and intelligent exit Jesus. Menaker glances at familiar fumbles like "for all intensive purposes" and "doggy-dog world," but readers delighted by language will find themselves turning the pages with baited breath to discover fresh howlers that have them laughing off their dairy airs.

ISBN: 9780544800632

Published Date: October 18, 2016

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

Language: English

Page Count: 225

Size: 7.50" l x 5.50" w x 1.00" h