Um. . . by Michael Erard
Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean

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This original, entertaining, and surprising book investigates verbal blunders: what they are, what they say about those who make them, and how and why we've come to judge them.Um... is about how you really speak, and why it's normal for your everyday speech to be filled with errors—about one in every ten words. In this charming, engaging account of language in the wild, linguist and writer Michael Erard also explains why our attention to some blunders rises and falls. Where did the Freudian slip come from? Why do we prize "umlessness" in speaking—and should we? And how do we explain the American presidents who are famous for their verbal stumbles? Full of entertaining examples, Um... is essential reading for talkers and listeners of all stripes.


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About Michael Erard

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Michael Erard has graduate degrees in linguistics and rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s written about language, linguists, and linguistics for Wired, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other publications and is a contributing writer for The Texas Observer and Design Observer. He is the author of Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean.
 
Published August 21, 2007 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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It's eminently normal in speech to slip and blunder and self-correct and elide and, um, well, like, you know…

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Michael Erard’s book is about verbal pauses, fillers and errors and what they might mean.

Aug 24 2007 | Read Full Review of Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and...

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How speaking — and misspeaking — provides a window into our mental activity.

Aug 19 2007 | Read Full Review of Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and...

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Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders and What They Mean," by Michael Erard, who has academic degrees in linguistics and English.

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