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Dictionary of Concise Writing: More Than 10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases [Paperback]

Robert Hartwell Fiske , Richard Lederer

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press Inc.; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933338121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933338125
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.2 x 22.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,216,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Concise alternatives for thousands of common, wordy phrases are provided in this guide to clean, strong prose. Updated and revised with hundreds of new entries, this new edition can tidy up any writer's long-winded phraseology with such helpful replacements as because for based on the fact that, cease for put an end to, and violate for fail to comply with.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable tool for respectful writers 22 Mar 2007
By John H. Hastings - Published on Amazon.com
Use this book before you use an editor. No one will be as capable as you of initially editing your writing for wordiness, IF you have the "The Dictionary of Concise Writing" at your side.

It's easy to use and durable. It has 400 pages in two parts. Part One is "Words and People," with concise advice about concision, and Part Two, beginning on page 45, is "The Dictionary of Concise Writing." The dictionary alphabetically lists wordy phrases with "alternative expressions and real-world examples."
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! 6 Mar 2012
By Missa - Published on Amazon.com
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This dictionary is a god-send when dealing with writer's block. Sometimes the only words you can think of are the fluff that's frequently spewed. It's nice to have a resource that clears away the clutter.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 13 Jun 2011
By Burwell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent tool. If you are not an experienced writer or editor, it is easy to write a prolix sentence. This book should be used by everyone who has to write anything. If your writing is concise, it will save you time and help your reader understand what you mean.
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