- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 3Rev Ed edition (5 Aug. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140514422
- ISBN-13: 978-0140514421
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (Penguin Reference Books) Paperback – 5 Aug 1999
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'A classic' -- Sunday Telegraph
'A handy linguistic reference book and provocative commentary on the present state of English writing'
-- Daily Mail
Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use and constant misuse of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, this essential guide sets out both to highlight problems and pitfalls and to offer constructive advice on the proper use of English.See all Product description
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Written in 1942, it is exactly what it says on the cover "A Guide to Good English"; it was written to supplement H.W. Fowler's "Modern English Usage" which set the standard for others to follow.
Organised in alphabetical order, it contains a wealth of information, advice and suggestions to improve English usage. As one reviewer suggests, it may seem out-dated to many modern readers but that does not mean it is outmoded. There are obviously aspects of English which have changed over the years since its publication but it continues to set a standard for accurate and aesthetic uses of English. It is obviously a reference book rather than one to sit down and read but the latter approach pays dividends on occasions for students and others required to use English accurately.
A blast from the past? Perhaps but interesting nevertheless.
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