A Dictionary Of Modern American Usage

A Dictionary Of Modern American Usage

Book - 1998
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In every age, writers and editors need guidance through the thickets of English usage. Although some language issues are perennial (infer vs. imply), many others spring anew from the well of English: * Is it all right to say alums instead of alumni or alumnae? And should it be spelled alums or alumns? * Should I say empathic or empathetic? Do you home in or hone in? Is it a couple of dozen or a couple dozen? * What's the singular of paparazzi? Is paparazzis an acceptable plural? What about graffiti--singular or plural? And what about kudos? * What's the correct pronunciation of concierge? Or schism? Or flaccid? This book will tell you. In 750 pages of crisp, precise, and often witty pronouncements on modern American English, Bryan Garner authoritatively answers these and thousands of other questions that bedevil those who care about the language. Garner draws on massive evidence to support his judgments,citing more than 5,000 examples--good, bad, and ugly--from sources such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Here is a usage guide that, whether you're a language connoisseur or just a dabbler, you can savor in a leisurely way, a few paragraphs at a time. And if you don't have the time for savoring, but simply want a quick answer to an editorial riddle, this book is your best bet. As the most influential language in the world, English is a-changing. DMAU is the most up-to-date chronicle of the shifting and drifting. Don't be caught unawares (not unaware!)
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780195078534
0195078535
Branch Call Number: 423.1 GAR
Characteristics: xxvi, 723 p.
Alternative Title: Modern American usage

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