How to Argue is a book by the lawyer Jonathan Herring.
Do you hate arguments and avoid them at all costs? Or do you
just find that you keep losing them? Perhaps even when you
win, somehow you feel it has all been counter-productive?
If so, this is the book for you. It will teach you how to argue
The book lists 10 golden rules:
When to argue, when to walk away
What you say and how you say it
Listen and listen again
Excel at responding to arguments
Watch out for crafty tricks
Develop the skills for arguing in public
Be able to argue in writing
Be great at resolving deadlock
It is available through
O’Reilly, which UEA Library has (temporary?) access to. You will need to register using your UEA email address.
Most of the books and videos on O’Reilly are IT-related, but there are other topics, such as professional communication (e.g. writing and presenting).
Work, the what’s-its-name of the thingummy and the thing-um-a-bob of the what d’you-call-it.
– P. G. Wodehouse
Fortunately, I had all this wreckage to build a space swapping doodah-thingy-whatsit.
– The Sarah Jane Adventures (TV series)
English has several words for a thing or person whose name you don’t know or can’t remember or can’t be bothered to say. For example:
what’s-her-name and what’s-his-name
There are other examples in the
OED and Macmillan Thesaurus and Wiktionary. You can also read about vague expressions.
The ICAO Radiotelephony Alphabet (aka
NATO Phonetic Alphabet) is a spelling alphabet used to say letters aloud on the radio or telephone. It is used internationally by airlines, armed forces, the police, etc.
It can also be used by international students when (for example) spelling their names. So, if your family name is Zhang, you would say
Zulu Hotel Alfa November Golf.
Do you know the meaning of these interjections?
I’m thinking or unsure what to say next.
We’ll be meeting them at, uh, 4 o’clock.
Of course I still love you, it’s just, uh…
Sometimes written as “er”.
What did you just say? What do you mean?
– Amy, Question 5?
– Please pay attention. What’s the answer to Question 5?
– I’m going to marry your sister.
– Uh? uh-uh
– Have you seen Bill?
– Uh-uh. uh-huh
Yes or I understand/agree/am listening.
– Then we went on to the party…
– … and Sarah was there – you remember Sarah?
– … and she goes up to Tom and you know what Tom’s like.
– Uh-huh. uh-oh
There’s a problem.
– Hey, the red light is flashing.
– Isn’t that your teacher?
For more information, try these definitions at Collins English Dictionary:
uh, uh-uh, uh-huh, uh-oh.