Words Fail Me, Hardback Book
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In this quirky new title designer and typographer Teresa Monachino rounds up and breaks down a variety of unruly words: words lacking in integrity, misleading words that do not mean what they say, words that mean more than they say, words with inconsistent pronunciation or spellings that are just plain cruel!

Using striking and witty graphic design the author demands answers to such troublesome questions as, why is abbreviation such a long word, does monosyllabic really need five syllables and why is lisp so hard to say if you have one?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
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  • Category: Phonetics, phonology
  • ISBN: 9780714846354



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This a slight book, but so pleasing to hold. The contents consist of clever typographic illustrations of a variety of word play. I've put my copy in the guest bathroom, as it is exactly the kind of book which invites both a rapid flip through and a close study of a single page.