The Consequence of Error and Other Language Essays takes as its implied premise that language is what makes us human. Written over ten years for diverse audiences ranging from the readers of
American Speech to the readers of
Verbatim, the book explores its premise in essays which turn the gem of our language in thirty different ways. These facets include explorations of rock-group names, color terms, epitaphs, sampler verses, mistranslations, and many more.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1991. XIV, 218 pp.
Contents: The Consequence of Error and Other Language Essays is a collection of thirty essays which explore among other
topics brand-name origins, words which entered English from women's names, and joketowns like Podunk.