The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale
The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale__left

Description

Product Description

Inspired by his tenure at The New Yorker, this collection of comical, revelatory errors foraged from the wilds of everyday English comes with commentary by the author, illustrations by Roz Chast, and a foreword from Billy Collins.

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.
 

Review

"A clever book... Leavened by famously jittery drawings from Roz Chast, The African Svelte cleverly educes the ''literally poetic justice'' of ''eeking out a living'' or disguising your terrorist intent by ''wearing a baklava.''"
The Washington Post

"For language lovers, this book, with all its verbal tangles and wit, is sure to, in its own words, “pass mustard.”  —Poets & Writers

" The African Svelte is a whole new comedy of errors. I like to split my bridges."
Roy Blount, Jr., author of Save Room for Pie and many others

"Haul out the chaise lounge. Daniel Menaker has defied the spell checker tenaciously and redeemed the misspelled word with playful acuity. The department of corrections will never be the same. Paddy O’Furniture forever."
—Mary Norris, author of Between You and Me

"Call them eggcorns, malaprops, or ‘sveltes’— for Daniel Menaker, those happy accidents are the occasions for witty excursions down linguistic roads not taken. He had me from the gecko."
—Geoff Nunberg, author of Going Nucular and language commentator, NPR "Fresh Air"

"I''ve made a lot of missteaks, but none of them have been as smart or as funny as the ones in this book."
—Patricia Marx, author of Let''s Be Less Stupid

About the Author

DANIEL MENAKER began his career as a fact checker at The New Yorker, where he became an editor and worked for twenty-six years. A former book editor, Menaker is the author of six books; he has written for the New York Times, the AtlanticParents, Redbook, and many others.



ROZ CHAST was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in The New Yorker in 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books. Her memoir Can''t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a 2014 National Book Award Finalist.
 

Product information

Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Videos

Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video!
Upload video
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Customers who bought this item also bought

Customer reviews

4.1 out of 54.1 out of 5
51 global ratings

Top reviews from the United States

Bake Woman
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Only meh
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2017
I always have high hopes for anything Roz Chast, but this book was a disappointment. Her drawings, of course, are wonderful, but there aren''t that many of them. Skimming through the entries, there are definitely some droll malaprops, but I''m guessing that unless you are an... See more
I always have high hopes for anything Roz Chast, but this book was a disappointment. Her drawings, of course, are wonderful, but there aren''t that many of them. Skimming through the entries, there are definitely some droll malaprops, but I''m guessing that unless you are an English major, you may find that the author gives you way more info about these mispronounced words and their etymologies than you every imagined needing or wanting. The most humorous part of the book to me was Mr. Menaker''s elementary school story about Columbus'' ships recollection (it made me laugh out loud) and his subsequent New Yorker submission at an early age of said story. He is obviously fascinated by the parallels between the real words'' origins and the mispronunciations, but goes into way too much detail throughout the book IMHO.
5 people found this helpful
Helpful
Report
Amanda Rose
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Amusing but esoteric.
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2017
I love words in general, and puns in particular, so I looked forward to this book when a like-minded friend recommended it. I spent two or three hours reading parts of it and laughing. I enjoyed interrupting my husband with puns and mistakes. Some of them will stick with us... See more
I love words in general, and puns in particular, so I looked forward to this book when a like-minded friend recommended it. I spent two or three hours reading parts of it and laughing. I enjoyed interrupting my husband with puns and mistakes. Some of them will stick with us and be incorporated into our patter such as: a pillow of strength, a pillow of the community, doggie dog world, and dairy air are our favorites. However, one should be a real wordsmith to read this book thoroughly.
3 people found this helpful
Helpful
Report
PaulaB
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Fun to read, but . . .
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
In the vein of a Richard Lederer, this short but sweet book offers a look at various language "mistakes" one comes across frequently, often in the course of a given day. But also like the "Anguished English" series, nothing really sticks with you. So buy it if... See more
In the vein of a Richard Lederer, this short but sweet book offers a look at various language "mistakes" one comes across frequently, often in the course of a given day. But also like the "Anguished English" series, nothing really sticks with you.

So buy it if you want some light, enjoyable reading, but don''t expect any epiphanies or insights into how "incorrect" English leaves its mark.
Helpful
Report
reader585
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
For the lover of words
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
If you enjoy words and language, this book will give you many chuckles as well as interesting information about words similar in sound, but often opposite in meaning.
3 people found this helpful
Helpful
Report
Eugenie
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very phunny reed.
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2019
Some of the puns revealed by inadvertent misspellings are reaching a little, but overall a very interesting and an enjoyable read.
One person found this helpful
Helpful
Report
Stephen C. Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings...
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
Very humorous misspellings of words that give a completely different meaning to the term. One of my favorites is a reviewer who wrote of an attractive young lady that she had a marvelous "dairy air". (derriere).
2 people found this helpful
Helpful
Report
magpie
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
meh
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
There are, sadly, very few Roz Chast drawings. The tone of the text struck me as somehow pretentious and heavy handed for such a light subject.
Helpful
Report
James E. Mcvoy
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2017
Some of the examples were pretty lame and sounded like they had been made up to pad the book out. I was very disappointed.
One person found this helpful
Helpful
Report
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Explore similar books

Tags that will help you discover similar books. 3 tags
Results for: 
Where do clickable book tags come from?
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Pages with related products.

  • african village
  • music form

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale

The African Svelte: Ingenious new arrival Misspellings new arrival That Make Surprising Sense outlet online sale