Thursday, August 21, 2008

in which I discover a most curious phrase

The book I'm currently reading is titled Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further observations on the tangled history of the English language.

On the back cover, with all the laudatory bits normally found on book covers is this curious bit of praise:
"A delight to read. Only Pinker can write this engagingly about language."--Professor Charles E. Meyer, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

That is nice praise. However, if I were the author, I think I'd be crushed by Professor Meyer's adulation because if I were the author, my name would be Kate Burridge, and not Pinker.

1 comment:

katze said...

Maybe it's a pet name, and you've just uncovered a scandal.