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Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English: A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers [Paperback]

Robert Hartwell Fiske
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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451651325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451651324
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine book 7 Dec 2012
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This well-written book shows the danger our language is in - from those very people who are supposed to be its supporters. Four stars rather than five only because this was, quite understandably, written for the US market; its value, even to a UK reader, is inestimable - all in all a very worthwhile addition to the library of anyone who loves the finest language in the world and wants to keep it that way
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 6 Nov 2011
By Linda Beck - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book . In hundreds of entries, Fiske clarifies the differences between confused words like consul and council, moribund and morbid, descant and decant. More than that, however, he with biting wit or laugh-out-loud humor, makes plain the reasons for speaking and writing with clarity and precision, qualities I agree are often absent in today's language. In The Dictionary of Unendurable English, Fiske also, unlike other authors of books on English usage that I've read, rails against lexicographers and linguists whom he holds responsible for the indifference so many today feel for how they speak and write. Fiske's book is a noble effort to restore dignity, and meaning, to the English language. I recommend it highly to all people, like me, who love words and language.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Language Champion! 6 Nov 2011
By Valdez - Published on Amazon.com
"Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English" is such an achievement I'll have difficulty being brief. Campaigning to keep English viable and elegant, Fiske combats the sloppy and the non-standard. His book recounts careless sources that deteriorate our language; those that support and even encourage poor usage. As I get older and my own grammar and spelling stumble, reading the public mistakes listed here certainly comfort and amuse. Fiske has gleaned these risible atrocities from sources often considered unassailable.
Was the dictionary once your unimpeachable source? Did you know the OED now includes LOL and the "I heart you" symbol? Is this English? Are they necessary? How long will they need to be listed? Read Fiske's opinion and rating of our contemporary dictionaries.
Some years ago my dear old mom went into a tizzy when it was announced by some lofty source that the infinitive could be split ("to boldly go" as Star Trek would lamentably state). If you like she, value our unique, rich language and hope to sustain English eloquent, liberate yourself from the slang bullies, the betrayal of dictionaries, the coinage of the ghastly and read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Do I dare to eat a peach" 27 Aug 2012
By Mary Heyliger - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I love reading about some of the really stupid mistakes people make, I fear writing a review of any of Robert`s books. I`m certain that no matter how careful I am I will err my way into the realm of dimwittedness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 16 Aug 2013
By Anthony K. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Anything he writes or is involved with is worth spending some time with if one enjoys English grammer.I think I now have all of his books. If you enjoy this take a look at vocabulabooks.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Jun 2013
By T. MCGLINN - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Hartwell Fiske is a genius. His books are treasure. When Robert speaks, we listen, and we proceed to write with confidence.

Thank you for this brilliant work, Mr. Fiske!
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