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Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English Paperback – 25 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1st edition (25 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140514766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140514766
  • ASIN: 0140514767
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Intelligent, reliable and lively ... this book is great' -- The Guardian, August 10th, 2002

'It is good to see there is someone out there hunting down...serial abusers of English' -- The Guardian, August 10th, 2002

'The book produces satisfied murmurs of content and cries of ''Tell it like it is, baby'' ' -- The Guardian, August 10th, 2002

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Can anything be described as 'very real'? There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear, precise ('accurate'?) English ('english'?) that it is a wonder ('wander'?) anyone ('any one' or 'anyone'?) can be understood. Fortunately, all those who have ever feared being shown up by using one of the twenty worst words and phrases to be avoided at all costs, or confusing the complex with the complicated, can now relax and even enjoy a trouble-shooting guide to good writing. Trask's wonderfully readable and authoritative book adjudicates on hundreds of contentious issues from politically correct language to whether to write 'napkin' or 'serviette'.

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