Michael Erard, a graduate of Williams College, received an M.A. in linguistics and a PH.D. in English from the University of Texas. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Wired, and Technology Review, among many other publications. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor On Sale: August 12, 2008 Price: $15.95
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...
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Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon On Sale: August 21, 2007 Price: $24.95
Um… is about how people really speak, and why it’s normal for casual, everyday speech to be filled with verbal blunders—about one in every ten words. Why do they happen? Why can’t we control them? What can you tell about the people who make them?