Garner's Modern American Usage

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Oxford University Press, Aug 27, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 942 pages
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Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, GMAU authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation.An exciting new feature of this third edition is Garner's Language-Change Index, which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. GMAU is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index. The judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved.Bryan A. Garner is a writer, grammarian, lexicographer, teacher, and lawyer. He has written professionally about English usage for more than 28 years, and his work has achieved widespread renown. David Foster Wallace proclaimed that Bryan Garner is a genius and William Safire called the book excellent. In fact, due to the strength of his work on GMAU, Garner was the grammarian asked to write the grammar-and-usage chapter for the venerable Chicago Manual of Style. His advice on language matters is second to none.
  

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User Review  - Rand - Goodreads

Quite simply the most current and comprehensive book of rhetoric. This indispensable tome is as entertaining as it is educational. Read full review

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I marked this as read, but I might as well have marked "currently reading" because this sits at my side when I edit. This is a masterpiece. Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
xi
Preface to the Second Edition
xiii
Preface to the First Edition
xvii
Acknowledgments
xxiii
List of Essay Entries
xxv
List of Abbreviations
xxxi
Pronunciation Guide
xxxiii
Key to the LanguageChange Index
xxxv
Making Peace in the Language Wars
xxxvii
The Ongoing Struggles of GarlicHangers
li
MODERN AMERICAN USAGE
877
Copyright

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Bryan Garner is the award-winning author or editor of more than 20 books. He is a prolific lecturer, having taught more than 2,500 writing workshops since the 1991 founding of his company, LawProse, Inc. His works include Garner on Language and Writing and Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, co-written with Justice Antonin Scalia. Garner has served as editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary since 1995, and he is the author of the grammar-and-usage chapter in the venerable Chicago Manual of Style.

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