A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
guide to precise phrases, grammar, and pronunciation can be key; it can even be admired. But beloved? Yet from its first appearance in 1926, Fowler's was just that. Henry Watson Fowler initially aimed his Dictionary of Modern English Usage, as he wrote to his publishers in 1911, at "the half-educated Englishman of literary proclivities who wants to know Can I say so-&-so?" He was of course obsessed with, in Swift's phrase, "proper words in their proper places." But having been a schoolmaster, Fowler knew that liberal doses of style, wit, and caprice would keep his manual off the shelf and in writers' hands. He also felt that description must accompany prescription, and that advocating pedantic "superstitions" and "fetishes" would be to no one's advantage. Adepts will have their favorite inconsequential entries--from burgle to brood, truffle to turgid. Would that we could quote them all, but we can't resist a couple.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AlexBrightsmith - LibraryThing
I love this book whole-heartedly. I won't pretend that with this one work you can leap from ignorance to expert knowledge, but if you already have a fair grasp of good usage, and are willing to have ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RicDay - LibraryThing
A wonderfully eccentric exploration of the language and its usage, this book has been my constant companion for more than 40 years and I have never quite accepted many of the changes in the newer revision. Read full review
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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage:The Classic First Edition: The Classic ...
H. W. Fowler
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