A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First by Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson

By Crystal, David; Fowler, Henry Watson

No e-book had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of recent English Usage. It speedily grew to become the traditional paintings of reference for the proper use of English when it comes to number of phrases, grammar, and magnificence. a lot enjoyed for his company reviews, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try out of time and remains to be thought of via many to be the easiest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this loved paintings, improved with a brand new advent by way of considered one of modern day best specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of unique examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's acceptance and his position within the background of linguistic concept. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folk discover and lots of of his entries demonstrate a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even if the e-book is stuffed with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is mostly clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler used to be like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed every now and then to exasperation by way of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continually short of the easiest for them and hoping to supply the easiest suggestions for them.... He may perhaps shake his stick at us, yet we by no means suppose we're truly going to be beaten."
within the concluding element of the publication, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, bargains a contemporary point of view on them, and indicates how English has replaced because the Twenties. This fascinating and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will satisfaction everybody drawn to language

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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition

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Aboriginal used as a noun is the best singular. abridgement. For spelling see JUDGEMENT. abrogate makes -gable; see -ABLE 1. absence. For conspicuous by a. see HACKNEYED PHKASES. absolute. See LTJ; &, for the sense in grammar, TECHNICAL TEEMS. ABSOLUTE CONSTRUCTION. \. The insertion of a comma between noun & participle in the absolute use is indisputably wrong ; it arises from the writer's or the compositor's taking the noun, because it happens to stand first, for the subject of the main verb ; & it puts the reader to the trouble of readjusting, after he has formed it, his notion of the sentence's structure.

Thus a mistake may be called uncorrectable, because incorrigible has become ethical in sense ; solvable may be preferred because soluble has entered into an alliance with dissolve ; & destroyable by dynamite may seem less pedantic than destructible by because destructible tends to be purely adjectival. 2. -able & other -ble forms. The following list (to which are to be added the negative or positive forms made by adding or omitting in-, un-, rum-, is intended to include all the existing -ble adjectives other than those in -able; words not found in it should be spelt with -able ; & for the italicized words, though they exist, it is recommended to substitute the accompanying form in -able.

See LITERARY CRITICS' WOEDS. acuity, acuteness. See -TY & -NESS. adagio. PL -os ; see -O(E)S 4. ad captandum. See TECHNICAL TERMS. addicted to. This should be followed by an ordinary noun or a verbal noun in -ing—is addicted to whisky, is addicted to reading the jokes in Punch aloud—& never by an infinitive, as in is addicted to read the jokes aloud. The wrong construction, which occasionally occurs, is probably suggested by the commonest phrase—addicted to drink, in which drink is the noun. addle, addled.

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