The Dictionary of Concise Writing: More Than 10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases
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"Two of the better usage books to come down the road." --Zay Smith, "Chicago Sun-Times," on "The Dictionary of Concise Writing" and "The Dimwit's Dictionary" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of "The Vocabula Review "and the author of "The Dictionary of Disagreeable English "and "The Dimwit's Dictionary." He lives in Rockwell, Massachusetts. Richard Lederer is the author of more than 3,000 books and articles about language and humor, including "A Man of My Words." He is the author of the syndicated column, "Looking at Language." He lives in Costa Mesa, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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."
Would have been a God-send in my grant writing days when we were trying to cram tons of key information into tiny text boxes with tight word/character limits!