An illustrated book of loaded language

Ali Almossawi

Book - 2021

"An illustrated, humorous guide to verbal and written rhetorical tricks, teaching readers to more competently analyze the hidden content behind words"--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 420.9/Almossawi (NEW SHELF) Due Jul 6, 2022
Bad arguments ; Book 2
Illustrated works
New York, NY : The Experiment [2021]
Item Description
"Learn to hear what's left unsaid" -- front cover.
Series information from author website
Physical Description
86 pages : illustrations ; 19 x 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [85]-86).
Main Author
Ali Almossawi (author)
Other Authors
Alejandro Giraldo (illustrator)
  • A quick introduction: the subtle ways language influences thought
  • Language that conceals with vagueness
  • Language that creates sinister associations
  • Language that creates feel-good associations
  • Language that presupposes
  • Language that feigns objectivity
  • Language that starts the clock of history when it's most convenient
  • Language that tells you how to think about yourself
  • Final remarks.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An illustrated, humorous guide to verbal and written rhetorical tricks, teaching readers to more competently analyze the hidden content behind words"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“This is a book for every thinking person, the perfect antidote to today’s culture wars.”—Hope JahrenThe creators of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments return with this desperately timely guide to how words can trick us. Learn to “hear” hidden bias, slant, and spin—from an irresistible cast of woodland creatures! Public discourse? More like public discord. The battle cries of our culture wars are rife with “loaded language”—be it bias, slant, or spin. But listen closely, or you’ll miss what Ali Almossawi finds more frightening still: words that erase accountability, history, even identity through what they leave unsaid. Speaking as wise old Mr. Rabbit, Almossawi leads us through a dark forest of rhetoric—aided by Orwell, Baldwin, and a squee-worthy cast of wide-eyed woodland creatures. Here, passive voice can pardon wrongdoers, statistics may be a smokescreen, gaslighting entraps the downtrodden, and irrelevant adjectives cement stereotypes. Emperor Squirrel isn’t naked; he has a clothes-free sartorial style. Mouse’s roof becomes flattened (Elephant’s foot just happens to be there at the time). And when keen-eyed Owl claims a foreign shore, he seems to be overlooking someone . . . Fans of Almossawi’s An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments couldn’t ask for a better primer on the less logical ways that words can trick us. It takes a long pair of ears to hear what’s left unsaid—but when you’re a rabbit in a badger world, listening makes all the difference.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The author and illustrator of backlist juggernaut An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (140,000 in print) return at last with a desperately timely guide to rhetoric (hidden and not-so-hidden “slant” in speech and writing)—irresistibly explained with furry animals!