Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 389 pages
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Usage and Abusage is a classic that has stood up well to the passage of time. But language does evolve over the years, and new problems (such as the use of "hopefully") and current topics (such as "sexism") have engendered a whole new vocabulary, which cannot be omitted from any book discussing the English of the 1990s. In this new edition, Janet Whitcut has revised Partridge's popular reference book to reflect the language of well-informed writers, readers, and speakers today. In addition, she has added a section to the book entitled Vogue Words, which includes words such as "crash" "symbiotic, " and "viable" that have acquired a power and an influence beyond those that they originally possessed. Usage and Abusage wittily attacks linguistic abusage of all kinds and offers constructive advice on the proper use of English.
  

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The first edition of this book was published in 1942 and became a classic reference on the use of the English language. Whitcut has updated this edition for the 1990s but left much of Partridge's ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
48
Section 2
85
Section 3
139
Section 4
163
Section 5
193
Section 6
256
Section 7
366
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About the author (1997)

The late Eric Partridge was the author of many classic books on the English language.

Janet Whitcut is an experienced lexicographer and has written widely on English usage. Her previous publications include The Little Oxford Guide to English Usage (with E.S.C. Weiner and Andrew Delahunty). She lives in the United Kingdom.

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