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adjective adverb Alan Herbert ambiguity American usage applied archaic archaism avoided become better C. T. Onions catachrestic clause colloquial comma common confused connotes correct dialect Dictionary E. R. Punshon error especially example expression false formal former French fused participle genitive gerund Grammar H. W. Fowler hence I. A. Richards idea idiom idiomatic implies incorrect jargon Jespersen John kind language Latin latter less literal literary logical means ment merely metaphor misused modern negative never noun obsolescent obsolete occasionally officialese one's Onions Otto Jespersen past participle person phrase plural poetic political precisely preferable preposition preterite pronoun pronunciation prose quoted rare Rhetoric sense sentence singular slang sometimes speak speech spelling Standard English Stuart Chase style subjunctive synonym Syntax Tautology technical tence tense term things tion tive Tyranny of Words usual verb Vogue words Webster's Weseen whereas writing wrong