Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson
A writer's guide to getting it right. A quick, concise and definitive guide to the most commonly encountered problems of English spelling and usage.
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Format: Trade Paperback
Condition: good+ condition, average storage/shelf wear, light browning on cover
Pages: 242pp, 2002 edition
What is the difference between mean and median, blatant and flagrant, flout and flaunt? Is it an Arran sweater or an Aran sweater? A whodunnit or whodunit?
For nearly twenty years, Troublesome Words has been an indispensable companion to those who work with the written word- writers, journalists, teachers and publishers. Now thoroughly revised and updated, it continues to provide rulings that are both reliable and informed, while avoiding the pedantries of so much writing about the English language.
'Even when written by the most discriminating writers, the vast majority of seldom says more in four words than most says in one.'
'The belief that and should not be used to being a sentence is without foundatin. And that's all there is to it.'
'Barbecue is the only acceptable spelling in serious writing. Any journalist or other formal user of English who believes that the word is spelled barbeque or worse still, bar-b-q is not ready for unsupervised employment.'