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Date: 2008-05-29 00:27
Subject: #262 Andrea Barham: The Pedant's Revolt: Why Most Things You Think Are Right Are Wrong
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Andrea Barham: The Pedant's Revolt: Why Most Things You Think Are Right Are Wrong

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books (8 Sep 2005)
ISBN-10: 1843171325
ISBN-13: 978-1843171324
Category(ies): Trivia

There's a class of books, such as Lynne Truss's "Eats, Shoots and Leaves", which brings a light-hearted touch to correctness. This is another example: the author examines a range of common but erroneous beliefs, and states the truth behind them. I won't say I was actually surprised by many of them: the one I did disagree with is one where she's confused the effect of merely opening a bottle of wine ahead of time with that of decanting it. She seems to think the latter is as ineffective as the former.

Good for dipping into - and a good candidate for a guest room.
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