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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but definition of 'pocket' needs updating, 3 May 2014
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This review is from: Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage 2/e (Oxford Quick Reference) (Paperback)
The book does contain a reference to the word 'pocket', but unfortunately the description isn't 'a massive pouch of material that you can store books like this in'. Although, to be fair, it isn't called 'Shirt pocket Fowler's Modern Usage', so I suppose as long as you can find a garment with a pocket big enough, then you're good. I imagine that garment to be a large wax hunting jacket.

Strunk and White, by comparison, fits into the inside pocket of my blazer (albeit with the top sticking out a lot). Which is great if you like combining sartorial elegance with quick access to an American English style guide. And if you're wearing my blazer.

Fowler's is good though, isn't it? It's definitive. Well, apart from the bit about serial commas that everyone argues about. But even that's surprisingly accommodating of the other options.

I suppose my only quibble other than the name is that it's in A-Z format, and the search system is surprisingly slow. So instead of typing the word in, you have to physically move paper with your thumbs until you find what you're looking for. What I'm saying is that a digital version would be nice.

Other than that it's great, and if you're a writer or editor working in British English, or just someone with a wax hunting jacket who longs to put one of its pockets to use, then you should buy it.
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