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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

A 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...

Over 75 years old, this classic text has become the standard work on the correct but natural use of English and has ensured that Fowler is a household name. Written in Fowler's inimitable style, it gives clear guidance on usage, word formation, inflexion, spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, and typography. Rewritten, updated, and expanded to take into account the vast linguistic changes of the past three-quarters of a century, here are thousands of alphabetically-arranged entries, offering advice and background information on all aspects of the English language, from grammar to spelling to literary style. Witty and practical, and renowned for its authority, Fowler's Modern English Usage remains an invaluable guide to the English language. The first place to turn for sensible advice on the thorny issues of grammar, meaning, and pronunciation, ""Fowler"" is one of those rare reference books that can also be read simply for pleasure. This new edition includes an introduction by Simon Winchester, which gives the book a modern perspective and confirms its importance in literature

Paperback:  742 pages
Language:  English
ISBN:  0198605064
Author/Editor:  Henry Watson Fowler, Simon Winchester, H. W. Fowler (2003)

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current

The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English is based on state-of-the-art research using a vast database of some 200 million words, conducted by Oxford's U.S. dictionary staff. It offers the most reliable word resource available, one that is more practical, less expensive, with larger type and a much cleaner page layout. Its features include: * 15,000 main entries keyed to over 350,000 synonyms * Sample sentences or phrases for virtually every sense * Key entries include antonym lists, with cross references to other main entries * Synonym Studies illuminate the subtle nuances of meaning among a group of closely related words * Includes Oxford's exclusive Writer's Toolkit, including a punctuation guide, usage notes, and much more With clear, expert advice on grammar, usage, and pronunication, this up-to-date thesaurus is the first place to look when you want just the right word.

Hardcover:  863 pages
Language:  English
ISBN:  0195133757
Author/Editor:  Christine A. Lindberg (2002)

The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current
The Pocket Oxford American Dictionary of Current English

Based on a vast database of over two hundred million words, the Oxford Pocket American Dictionary of Current English offers superb coverage of American English. Oxford's U.S. Dictionaries Program has taken a state-of-the-art approach to the design of reference works, focusing on the words users most commonly encounter, and omitting those rarely used. The result is the most reliable word resource available, one that is more practical and less expensive, perfect for students or the general reader. Its features include: DT Grammar, Style, and Usage Notes that give guidance on correct English DT Hundreds of Word Histories that provide a fascinating background to our language DT 225 illustrations, commissioned by Oxford's U.S. Dictionaries Program, that add important visual information to complement the definitions DT Reference appendices with information on weights and measures, metric conversions, chemical elements, countries of the world, U.S. states and presidents, and much more Affordable, durable, easy to read and completely up to date, this is the finest dictionary of its size available. date, this is the finest dictionary of its size available. [On Cover] DT 180,000 concise definitions and entries DT 3,000 biographical and geographical entries

Paperback:  996 pages
Language:  English
ISBN:  0195150821
Author/Editor:  Frank R. Abate (2002)

The Pocket Oxford American Dictionary of Current English
The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Difficult Words
  • The words you want to use, but don't know how
  • Pronunciation and concise definitions
  • Includes speicialized technical and medical terms
  • Great preparation for standardized test

Paperback:  496 pages
Language:  English
ISBN:  0425180700
Author/Editor:  by Oxford University Press (2001)

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Difficult Words
Oxford Dictionary of English

Precise, comprehensive, meticulous, rich: for extent and scope - the only single volume dictionary of English to own

Hardcover:  2088 pages
Language:  English
ISBN:  0198613474
Author/Editor:  Catherine Soanes, Angus Stevenson(2004)

Oxford Dictionary of English

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