Better Wordpower

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 329 pages
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Do you "bale out" of an airplane or do you "bail out"? What is the meaning of the French expression amour propre?
In Better Wordpower, Janet Whitcut provides language lovers and serious writers--and anyone who wants to improve his or her communications skills--with a wealth of advice and information. Whitcut tackles a variety of subjects, ranging from common pitfalls of spelling--for instance, "confusable" words (alternate/alternative, bail/bale)--to frequently seen foreign phrases such as amour propre (self respect), faux pas (tactless blunder), and pis aller (a last resort). Indeed, she explores many powerful ways of building one's vocabulary, including a list of antonyms and a section of word endings. The latter half of the book is a smorgasbord of words, packed with specialized vocabulary lists, including architectural terms (with diagrams), art techniques and styles, terms from astronomy, botany, and computers, musical directions, ships and nautical terms, winds and weather. Finally, Whitcut offers us a lexicon of hard words, from aam (a former liquid wine measure) to zymosis (fermentation).
Here then is a book that will appeal to anyone who wants to write (or read) better, filled with useful tips for the beginning as well as the advanced writer.

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This is the book for impressing your friends or improving your British vocabulary with obscure words that even Brits don't know. Oddly, it begins with a couple of elementary chapters on using the ... Read full review

Contents

introduction
1
Dictionary or Encyclopedia?
7
Spelling
19
Confusables
25
Foreign Phrases
31
Antonyms
47
Word Elements
57
Animals Birds Sea Life
83
Financial Terms
138
Geological Terms
145
Heraldry
151
Legal Terms
169
Music
187
Physics and Chemistry Terms
205
Psychology and Psychiatry Terms
221
Ships and Nautical Terms
227

Art Techniques and Styles
97
Astronomy Terms
103
Computers and Information Theory
115
Currencies
122
Diseases and Physical Disorders
125
Winds and Weather
237
List of illustrations
243
Architecture 889
323
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About the author (1998)


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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