A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

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Oxford University Press, 1965 - Encyclopedias and dictionaries - 725 pages
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In essentials, Fowler's Modern English Usage can never be out of date, for his primary concern was to teach clear thinking and the orderly use of precise words, and to castigate whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic. But the conventions of grammar and vocabulary that he called 'usage' never stand still, and it is now thirty-nine years since he wrote. Constructions condemned as offensive or improper have forced their way into idiom; 'slipshod extensions' have won a respected place in our vocabulary; 'vogue words' have fallen out of fashion and others have taken their places; 'popularized technicalities' have proliferated.

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About the Editor:
Robert Burchfield was the Chief Editor of the OED from 1971-84. He was a Senior Research Fellow of St Peter's College Oxford from 1979-90 and is now an Emeritus Fellow of the College. His distinguished lexicographical career has included a number of key publications: The Oxford Dictionary of
English Etymology, 1966 (with C. T. Onions and G. W. S Friedrichsen), A Supplement to the OED, 1972-86 (with D. Donoghue and A. Timothy), The English Language, 1985, and The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 1986.

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