Why is Q Always Followed by U?: Word-perfect Answers to the Most-asked Questions About Language

Author(s): Michael Quinion


Brings us the answers to nearly two hundred of the most intriguing questions the author been asked about language over the years.


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Michael Quinion, author of the bestselling Port Out, Starboard Home, has always been fascinated by language. His lexophilia really began in earnest in 1991, when, realising so many new words were missing from the Oxford English Dictionary, he started sending examples of them to the editors. He eventually became an official freelance reader and in the past sixteen years, he has sent in over 160,000 citations. Not satisfied with merely helping the OED, Michael Quinion set up his own language website in 1997, worldwidewords.org. The site has become a huge success as people all over the world ask Michael to tease out the truth behind the quirks of our language.

General Fields

  • : 9780141039244
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : July 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 21mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : No illustrations
  • : 368
  • : 422
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Michael Quinion