The Daily Paul has been archived. Please see the continuation of the Daily Paul at Popular

Thank you for a great ride, and for 8 years of support!
2 votes

Word Play: What Happens When People Talk by Peter Farb

Why do certain words make us blush or wince? Why do men and women really speak different languages? Why do nursery rhymes in vastly different societies possess similar rhyme and rhythm patterns? What do slang, riddles and puns secretly have in common?

This erudite yet irresistibly readable book examines the game of language: its players, strategies, and hidden rules. Drawing on the most fascinating linguistic studies--and touching on everything from the Marx Brothers to linguistic sexism, from the phenomenon of glossolalia to Apache names for automobile parts--Word Play shows what really happens when people talk, no matter what language they happen to be using.

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Ebonics is a dialect of the english language.

So much confusion here and elsewhere about slang, jive, ebonics, street lingo, whatever limited minds want to call the particular way 'black' people talk. Well guess what? It isn't lazy speech, it isn't uneducated speech, it's a dialect!

Read this book a couple times if you cannot pick up what I am throwing down:

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Always nice to here different

Always nice to here different dialects. One of the things that makes america beautiful.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

You should buy a copy of Word Play...

or Language in Thought and Action by S.I. Hayakawa

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

True. And no less so than "country" whitefolk talk....


What would the Founders do?