The Dimwit's Dictionary: More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them

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Marion Street Press, 2006 - Reference - 383 pages
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This compilation of thousands of overused words and phrases, and alternatives to them, is the ultimate tool for the writer who seeks to weed out common, tired, language and replace it with crisp, concise writing. Humorous examples of bad language make for great browsing, while readers can also look up specific clich s and find fresh options.
 

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User Review  - mhgatti - LibraryThing

Hey, I know, let's all become the pompous vocabulary police and take all the personality out of our writing! Tedious to read and filled with unimaginative alternatives to what the authors believe are ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
13
PART 1 On Dimwitticisms
17
Chapter 1 Expressions That Dull Our Reason and Dim Our Insight
18
Chapter 2 Writing That Demands to Be Read Aloud Speech That Calls to Be Captured in Print
30
PART 2 The Dimwits Dictionary
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About the author (2006)

Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review, a journal about the English language, and the author of The Dictionary of Concise Writing. He lives in Rockport, Massachusetts. Joseph Epstein is the author of Friendship: An Expose and Snobbery: The American Version, and is the former editor of The American Scholar. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, and The New Yorker. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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