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Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199661350

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 928

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Why literally shouldn't be taken literally. Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is. Is it OK to spell OK okay? What's wrong with hence why? Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic? Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is the world-famous guide to English usage, loved and used by writers, editors, and anyone who values correct English since it first appeared in 1926. Fowler's gives comprehensive and practical advice on complex points of grammar, syntax, punctuation, style, and word choice. Now enlarged and completely revised to reflect English usage in the 21st century, it provides a crystal-clear, authoritative picture of the English we use, while illuminating scores of usage questions old and new. International in scope, it gives in-depth coverage of both British and American English usage issues, with reference also to the English of Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. The thousands of authentic examples in the book vividly demonstrate how modern writers tackls debated usage issues. They come on the one hand from established literary figures such as Chinua Achebe, Peter Ackroyd, Raymond Carver, Iris Murdoch, Harold Pinter, and Vikram Seth. On the other, they are drawn from a vast range of newspapers, journals, books, broadcast material, websites, and other digital sources from across the globe, and include references to topical personalities such as Stephen Fry, Prince Harry, Jeremy Paxman, and Wayne Rooney. Based on the evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to usage available.

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: H. W. Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199585892

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 784

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"A dictionary of modern English usage first published 1926"--T.p. verso.

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Oxford Quick Reference

ISBN: 9780199666317

Category: English language

Page: 657

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Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable quick-reference work, providing clear, practical and up-to-date guidance on questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 1853263184

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 742

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guide to precise phrases, grammar, and pronunciation can be key; it can even be admired. But beloved? Yet from its first appearance in 1926, Fowler's was just that. Henry Watson Fowler initially aimed his Dictionary of Modern English Usage, as he wrote to his publishers in 1911, at "the half-educated Englishman of literary proclivities who wants to know Can I say so-&-so?" He was of course obsessed with, in Swift's phrase, "proper words in their proper places." But having been a schoolmaster, Fowler knew that liberal doses of style, wit, and caprice would keep his manual off the shelf and in writers' hands. He also felt that description must accompany prescription, and that advocating pedantic "superstitions" and "fetishes" would be to no one's advantage. Adepts will have their favorite inconsequential entries--from burgle to brood, truffle to turgid. Would that we could quote them all, but we can't resist a couple.

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: IND:30000122860103

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 663

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Updated with the use of the Oxford English Corpus, this edition contains over 4,000 entries that answer the most frequently asked questions about language and language use.

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

Author: R. E. Allen

Publisher: OXFORD University Press

ISBN: 0198609477

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 622

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This invaluable reference work offers the best and most sought-after advice on English grammar based on Henry Fowler's original, which is still a classic text after nearly 80 years. Updated with the use of Oxford's unique language databases, it comprises over 4,200 entries giving clear recommendations on grammar, pronunciation, spelling, confusable words, and writing style. DT Advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in English usage, such as the split infinitive, infer or imply, who or whom DT Broad coverage of British and American English, including examples from all over the English-speaking world DT Wide-ranging illustrative quotations from well-known authors, such as Julian Barnes and A. S. Byatt, and international newspapers and journals

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: H. W. Fowler

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191615115

Category: Reference

Page: 832

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'What grammarians say should be has perhaps less influence on what shall be than even the more modest of them realize ...' No book had more influence on twentieth-century attitudes to the English language in Britain than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. It rapidly became the standard work of reference for the correct use of English in terms of choice of words, grammar, and style. Much loved for his firm opinions, passion, and dry humour, Fowler has stood the test of time and is still considered the best arbiter of good practice. In this new edition of the original Dictionary, David Crystal goes beyond the popular mythology surrounding Fowler's reputation to retrace his method and arrive at a fresh evaluation of his place in the history of linguistic thought. With a wealth of entertaining examples he looks at Fowler's stated principles and the tensions between his prescriptive and descriptive temperaments. He shows that the Dictionary does a great more than make normative recommendations and express private opinion. In addition he offers a modern perspective on some 300 entries, in which he shows how English has changed since the 1920s. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The New Fowler's Modern English Usage

The New Fowler's Modern English Usage

Author: R. W. Burchfield

Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press

ISBN: UOM:49015003012250

Category: English language

Page: 864

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Renowned for its authority and wit, this is the standard work on the correct but natural use of English. Completely revised and expanded, it provides guidance on grammar, syntax and style.

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: Jeremy Butterfield

Publisher:

ISBN: 019180097X

Category: English language

Page:

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This work offers advice on English usage in an accessible quick-reference format. Drawing on the resources of "Oxford's English dictionaries" language monitoring program, it provides clear, practical, and up-to-date guidance on questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. Jeremy Butterfield has revised the text to reflect the usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.

Garner's Modern English Usage

Garner's Modern English Usage

Author: Bryan Garner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190491505

Category: Reference

Page: 1008

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With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2,300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of this book-now renamed Garner's Modern English Usage (GMEU)-reflects usage lexicography at its finest. Garner explains the nuances of grammar and vocabulary with thoroughness, finesse, and wit. He discourages whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic. GMEU is the liveliest and most compulsively readable reference work for writers of our time. It delights while providing instruction on skillful, persuasive, and vivid writing. Garner liberates English from two extremes: both from the hidebound "purists" who mistakenly believe that split infinitives and sentence-ending prepositions are malfeasances and from the linguistic relativists who believe that whatever people say or write must necessarily be accepted. The judgments here are backed up not just by a lifetime of study but also by an empirical grounding in the largest linguistic corpus ever available. In this fourth edition, Garner has made extensive use of corpus linguistics to include ratios of standard terms as compared against variants in modern print sources. No other resource provides as comprehensive, reliable, and empirical a guide to current English usage. For all concerned with writing and editing, GMEU will prove invaluable as a desk reference. Garner illustrates with actual examples, cited with chapter and verse, all the linguistic blunders that modern writers and speakers are prone to, whether in word choice, syntax, phrasing, punctuation, or pronunciation. No matter how knowledgeable you may already be, you're sure to learn from every single page of this book.

Garner's Modern English Usage

Garner's Modern English Usage

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190491482

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1113

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The authority on grammar, usage, and style.