Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language – as heard on BBC Radio 4.
Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?
The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word ‘metaphor’.
The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here.
Featuring sick parrots and the cliché crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.
|Publicatiedatum||17 augustus 2012|
|Soort audio||Voordracht (hoorspel, theater, cabaret)|
|Speelduur||1u 43m 9s|
|Formaat||mp3 download en geschikt voor de Luisterrijk app|
Recensies uit de pers
'… this four-programme set is an utter delight and quite fascinating' (South Wales Argus)