Category: Book Review

The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
Posted on January 10, 2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points   This book is amazing. It’s super interesting, and the fact that every single etymological fact connects is really neat. I could listen to this guy for hours. There are so many fun facts about stuff we use every day. Just the other day as I was looking at my computer, I was wondering where Bluetooth came from, and last night I had my answer from the book. What’s funny is that he wrote the book so that when he was discussing etymology with people, he wouldn’t feel the need to trap them […]

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Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams

Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams
Posted on January 3, 2018 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was extremely funny. I think that in this series, the first and last books were definitely the best. The first one introduced a lot of key concepts that were explored in the next books, and the last one explored my favourite concept. It’s just…so applicable. Okay, there is the one argument that most weasels who provide a product or service probably won’t screw you over too much because they need to have a good reputation regarding customer service. If they screw you over then they lose your business, and you’ll make […]

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Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams

Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams
Posted on December 20, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book is very different from the others. It is in the style of a handbook, so there aren’t page numbers, but there are sections and subsections. It includes a number of comics in each section, as usual, but there are no personal anecdotes, which sort of makes sense because this is coming from Dogbert and not Scott. It is also a bit more cynical than the rest, because while the other books only hint at the incompetence of management incidentally, often just one of the many problems contributing to the messed-up corporate […]

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The Joy of Work by Scott Adams

The Joy of Work by Scott Adams
Posted on December 13, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was a real good one. It’s less about work and more about ways to find humour at the expense of others. That’s a paraphrase of the subtitle and really all there is to sum it up. The lessons can apply to many areas of life. There are lessons on how to be creative and a number of great pranks you can play. There are also good ways to deal with all types of horrible people that you wouldn’t want to interact with but unfortunately have to. Of course, none of these suggestions […]

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The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
Posted on December 6, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was the best. It was funny all the way through. I learned a lot, too. I learned that corporate life is very little getting things done and a lot of talking about the things that need doing. There is so much to the corporate world that isn’t work. I also learned a lot of jargon, too. At first it amazed me that such lingo was actually used, but then I realised that it doesn’t necessarily mean that the users are saying anything important. You can use a lot of lingo and […]

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How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams
Posted on November 29, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was one of my textbooks for my Intro to the Study of Language class. It’s a brilliant textbook and I recommend it. The authors write with personality and the information is conveyed really effectively. It covers the very fundamental aspects of language, primarily the English language (but it also explains the IPA). It talks about phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics, you name it. It finishes up with a very brief history of English (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English) and a few thoughts on how it might be […]

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The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams
Posted on November 15, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was great. It was funny from the start, and I wouldn’t expect any less from Scott Adams. Disclaimer: I like his comics, and I would count them among my favourites, but it’s pretty hit or miss. Some I get right away and find hilarious and others I don’t. But this book was much funnier than any of his cartoons. Only maybe the first few chapters were laugh-out-loud funny the entire time, but later chapters did have a few great moments. It ended on a rather serious note. But it was all […]

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Spell It Out by David Crystal

Spell It Out by David Crystal
Posted on November 8, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I must admit: I was not a super duper fan of this book. I know David Crystal is quite popular in the world of linguistic literature. But this was not the best book to start out on, it would seem. Now, don’t get me wrong, the information was very interesting—it just didn’t need to be a 300-page book. It could have been condensed down to a few chapters. I know because I took notes on it and the amount of notes I took was incommensurable with the amount of pages there were. Some […]

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Between You & Me by Mary Norris

Between You & Me by Mary Norris
Posted on October 25, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I suppose I liked this book. It didn’t start out great—there wasn’t enough distinction between anecdotal and educational content. They were interwoven too closely and that caused confusion. I wasn’t sure why she chose to talk about some things where she did, and others at other places…If I was hooked on a personal story, I didn’t want to digress into grammar history and usage, no matter how relevant. I would have loved to read it at another time. And some of the stories didn’t have enough context or closure, which is really important […]

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Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland

Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland
Posted on October 18, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Again, this book very realistically portrays the shenanigans that come with pet sitting. It reminds me of all the trouble I had while pet sitting recently! A lot of things I realised were true that I wouldn’t have thought of before (and most books don’t include). For example the pets behaving differently for sitters than for their owners. In the book, Holly the cat doesn’t eat at first and then gets picky when she does eat. This is sort of true for cats in general—many are finicky eaters—but especially cats and dogs who […]

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