The Pedant's Revolt:Why Most Things You Think Are Right Are Wrong (2020)

The Pedant's Revolt:Why Most Things You Think Are Right Are Wrong Andrea Barham The Pedant s Revolt Why Most Things You Think Are Right Are Wrong Pedants revolt In this irreverent smart obscenely entertaining book Andrea Barham shatters the myths misconceptions fallacies and falsehoods about all the things you thought you knew and a few
  • Title: The Pedant's Revolt:Why Most Things You Think Are Right Are Wrong
  • Author: Andrea Barham
  • ISBN: 9781843171324
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
The Pedant's Revolt:Why Most Things You Think Are Right Are Wrong Andrea Barham Pedants, revolt In this irreverent, smart, obscenely entertaining book, Andrea Barham shatters the myths, misconceptions, fallacies, and falsehoods about all the things you thought you knew and a few you never considered Lead pencils can give you lead poisoning Newton discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head.One dog year equals seven human years.MariPedants, revolt In this irreverent, smart, obscenely entertaining book, Andrea Barham shatters the myths, misconceptions, fallacies, and falsehoods about all the things you thought you knew and a few you never considered Lead pencils can give you lead poisoning Newton discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head.One dog year equals seven human years.Marie Antoinette said Let them eat cake.Spelling Christmas Xmas is disrespectful.Fact or fiction The Pedant s Revolt Know What Know It Alls Know sets the record straight on everything from the truth about starving a fever to why you shouldn t go for the burn In chapters literary, medical, grammatical, historical, scientific, and biblical, you ll discover the facts behind the fallacies that have somehow become accepted wisdom From insects to food, grooming to Greeks, bumblebees to whales the animal kingdom to assassinations, Harpo Marx to Shakespeare, and questionable quotes such as It s all Greek to me, this remarkable book reveals the often surprising origins of the legends and folklore we mistake for the gospel truth and teaches you to think twice before repeating them.
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  1. Drew Pearce

    This book is quite a nice little easy to read book which tries to debunk some common assertions I m not usually keen on pedantry but the book title is a bit of a misnomer since it mostly debunks commonly held myths which are grossly wrong and does not seem to fit with what the word pedantry tends to mean As such I think the title may put people off what is a reasonably enjoyable book.

  2. Simon Harvey

    Like an episode of QI, but without Stephen Fry Sometimes informative, but rarely entertaining.And just to be pedantic this book is, rather annoyingly, not really about pedantry.

  3. Jamie Godsafe

    This isn t my usual type of book but a friend pressed me to read it because they obviously think I m a pedant I m glad to say I loved it Andrea Barham quickly draws you in with a highly personal slant and I found myself easily fascinated with subjects that wouldn t have previously have appealed to me I can now confidently refute some of my wife s old wives tales tho she was partly right about some and am armed and ready to pedantically deflate my father in law s worst pomposities Joking aside, t [...]

  4. Claire

    I learned a lot from this book all sorts of facts refuting things I knew I was gratified that I did have some things right in the face of common usage, though I knew, for example, that Cleopatra was Macedonian I knew that the correct phrase is another think coming, not another thing I didn t know that flush toilets were available to Elizabeth I way before Thomas Crapper s plumbing firm existed I was unaware that bats have excellent vision just not at night, even though they are nocturnal I didn [...]

  5. Dominic Self

    It seems silly to assign a rating to this on the same scale as whole novels, so I won t try But it was a fun little book, albeit whimsically random, and s list of popular misconceptions is probably educational Inevitably, a book for pedants is going to slip up itself at some point, so for the record it should be noted that Rousseau was not a French philosopher but, of course, Genevan P

  6. Kerry-Anne Gilowey

    Apparently most things I think are right are actually right Hmmph As a result I was a little bored by this book Fair warning it s not quite as entertaining as the blurb would have you believe I smiled once or twice, but that s about it I did learn a few things, but honestly, most of the myths covered here were either things I had never believed in the first place, or things I long ago learnt were not true YMMV.

  7. Heather Browning

    An enjoyable little book, looking at the truth behind many common myths and misconceptions There were a lot of little facts here I had taken as truth and found it interesting to discover why I was wrong I think the take home message is ti never believe what you hear, particularly if it comes from the internet, and always look a little deeper into apparent facts.

  8. Ernest

    This is a nice filler of a book that seeks to expose, explain and educate about many commonly held beliefs and thoughts are actually wrong It is a decent book to dip in and out of I read it cover to cover and towards the end, was feeling a bit over the whole this is what you think and this is why it is wrong concept Still ,there is enough to engage readers.

  9. Victoria

    Another of those rant filled books that were the fashion for a while It was ok I gave up half way through because it was a little relentless but it was interesting And I could definitely related to a lot of what Barham was saying.

  10. William

    I enjoyed this book Unfortunately I already knew the correct answers to a number of questions, but thoroughly enjoyed learning to me things I was wrong about I thoroughly recommend this book to all that want to get things right It is both serious humorous.

  11. Doreen

    Being a fully paid up pedant I had to get this book It s full of interesting facts, though most of them had me exclaiming I knew that A good book for dipping into at bedtime, as each fact is presented in a short explanation no longer than a page The illustrations are humorous too.

  12. Annie

    pretty good for a bit of light reading with some of our most pressing questions answered from was Humpty Dumpty really an egg sitting on a wall to would a large consumption of vitamin C really prevent the common cold it s worth reading I had giggle moments

  13. Alison

    Challenge your preconceived ideas Those answers you gave at quiz night may turn out to be not quite so right after allIf you like QI, you ll like this book.

  14. Nat

    Now I know I m right about stuff SOS doesn t stand for Save Our Souls and Nero didn t fiddle whilst Rome burns that s on the back of the book so I m giving nothing away

  15. Lynne

    Did you know, Hitler wasn t a vegetarian And Walt Disney s head isn t cryogenically frozen And most things you think are facten t This book rawks

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