Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - So Wrong It's Right : Fry's English Delight

  • by Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • Series: Fry's English Delight
  • 0 hrs and 28 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This episode is part of a second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language.
So Wrong It’s Right. Stephen Fry demonstrates, with the help of a Judge, a lexicographer, a computational linguist, five buffalo, and a strawberry how wrong English can become right English, by dint of usage. As heard on Radio 4 in August 2009.

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This is an interesting section on the evolution of language & how 'wrong' use of language can often become right as people start using the mistakes (e.g. the split-infinitive on Star Trek: 'To Boldly Go'). Somehow not quite up to the peerless brilliance of the first Series, this section still has a lot of interesting material, such as Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo (a complete, grammatical English sentence for reasons within?).
On top of this, this episode also explores how English is different depending on situation (e.g. Courtroom or Boardroom). Curiously, it further includes an interview with an Academie Francaise rebel, who has chosen to put English words & different spelling of French words in a French language dictionary since 'A dictionary is an observatory, not a conservatory'.

P.S. See 'Fry's English Delight Complete Series 2' if you want to see the review of the full product.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-03-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios