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Writer's pomposity defeats his best efforts
on 2 March 1999
Mr. Garner's bright and shining love of himself almost seeps from the pages, turning what could have been a good, solid dictionary into a pat-on-the-back-fest for Garner. From his examples to the introduction, everything is designed to show the reader just how well loved and respected Mr. Garner (thinks he) is. If you need a good modern American usage dictionary, there are plenty out there that deliver the goods without the attitude.