Fowler s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

A comprehensive guide to the English language provides detailed and expert information on grammar, style, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation with clear explanations and example sentences.

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199661350

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 928

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Why literally shouldn't be taken literally. Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is. Is it OK to spell OK okay? What's wrong with hence why? Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic? Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is the world-famous guide to English usage, loved and used by writers, editors, and anyone who values correct English since it first appeared in 1926. Fowler's gives comprehensive and practical advice on complex points of grammar, syntax, punctuation, style, and word choice. Now enlarged and completely revised to reflect English usage in the 21st century, it provides a crystal-clear, authoritative picture of the English we use, while illuminating scores of usage questions old and new. International in scope, it gives in-depth coverage of both British and American English usage issues, with reference also to the English of Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. The thousands of authentic examples in the book vividly demonstrate how modern writers tackls debated usage issues. They come on the one hand from established literary figures such as Chinua Achebe, Peter Ackroyd, Raymond Carver, Iris Murdoch, Harold Pinter, and Vikram Seth. On the other, they are drawn from a vast range of newspapers, journals, books, broadcast material, websites, and other digital sources from across the globe, and include references to topical personalities such as Stephen Fry, Prince Harry, Jeremy Paxman, and Wayne Rooney. Based on the evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to usage available.

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

In this new edition of the original Dictionary, David Crystal goes beyond the popular mythology surrounding Fowler's reputation to retrace his method and arrive at a fresh evaluation of his place in the history of linguistic thought.

Author: H. W. Fowler

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191615115

Category: Reference

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'What grammarians say should be has perhaps less influence on what shall be than even the more modest of them realize ...' No book had more influence on twentieth-century attitudes to the English language in Britain than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. It rapidly became the standard work of reference for the correct use of English in terms of choice of words, grammar, and style. Much loved for his firm opinions, passion, and dry humour, Fowler has stood the test of time and is still considered the best arbiter of good practice. In this new edition of the original Dictionary, David Crystal goes beyond the popular mythology surrounding Fowler's reputation to retrace his method and arrive at a fresh evaluation of his place in the history of linguistic thought. With a wealth of entertaining examples he looks at Fowler's stated principles and the tensions between his prescriptive and descriptive temperaments. He shows that the Dictionary does a great more than make normative recommendations and express private opinion. In addition he offers a modern perspective on some 300 entries, in which he shows how English has changed since the 1920s. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

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?

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 1853263184

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 742

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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.

Fowler s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Why literally shouldn't be taken literally. Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is. Is it OK to spell OK okay? What's wrong with hence why? Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic?

Author: Jeremy Butterfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191064944

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 928

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Why literally shouldn't be taken literally. Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is. Is it OK to spell OK okay? What's wrong with hence why? Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic? Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is the world-famous guide to English usage, loved and used by writers, editors, and anyone who values correct English since it first appeared in 1926. Fowler's gives comprehensive and practical advice on complex points of grammar, syntax, punctuation, style, and word choice. Now enlarged and completely revised to reflect English usage in the 21st century, it provides a crystal-clear, authoritative picture of the English we use, while illuminating scores of usage questions old and new. International in scope, it gives in-depth coverage of both British and American English usage issues, with reference also to the English of Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. The thousands of authentic examples in the book vividly demonstrate how modern writers tackls debated usage issues. They come on the one hand from established literary figures such as Chinua Achebe, Peter Ackroyd, Raymond Carver, Iris Murdoch, Harold Pinter, and Vikram Seth. On the other, they are drawn from a vast range of newspapers, journals, books, broadcast material, websites, and other digital sources from across the globe, and include references to topical personalities such as Stephen Fry, Prince Harry, Jeremy Paxman, and Wayne Rooney. Based on the evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to usage available.

Pocket Fowler s Modern English Usage

This invaluable reference offers the best advice on English grammar based on Fowler's original, updated with 4,200 entries and recommendations on grammar, pronunciation, spelling and writing style.

Author: R. E. Allen

Publisher: OXFORD University Press

ISBN: 0198604122

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 622

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This invaluable reference offers the best advice on English grammar based on Fowler's original, updated with 4,200 entries and recommendations on grammar, pronunciation, spelling and writing style.

Pocket Fowler s Modern English Usage

This invaluable reference work offers the best advice on English usage, drawing on the unrivalled resources of Oxford's English Dictionaries programme and language monitoring.

Author: Robert Allen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: IND:30000122860103

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 663

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Updated with the use of the Oxford English Corpus, this edition contains over 4,000 entries that answer the most frequently asked questions about language and language use.

Fowler s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199666317

Category: Electronic book

Page: 645

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Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable quick-reference work, providing clear, practical and up-to-date guidance on questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.

Pocket Fowler s Modern English Usage

This invaluable reference work offers the best and most sought-after advice on English grammar based on Henry Fowler's original, which is still a classic text after nearly 80 years.

Author: R. E. Allen

Publisher: OXFORD University Press

ISBN: 0198609477

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 622

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This invaluable reference work offers the best and most sought-after advice on English grammar based on Henry Fowler's original, which is still a classic text after nearly 80 years. Updated with the use of Oxford's unique language databases, it comprises over 4,200 entries giving clear recommendations on grammar, pronunciation, spelling, confusable words, and writing style. DT Advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in English usage, such as the split infinitive, infer or imply, who or whom DT Broad coverage of British and American English, including examples from all over the English-speaking world DT Wide-ranging illustrative quotations from well-known authors, such as Julian Barnes and A. S. Byatt, and international newspapers and journals

The New Fowler s Modern English Usage

Author: R. W. Burchfield

Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press

ISBN: UOM:49015003012250

Category: English language

Page: 864

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Renowned for its authority and wit, this is the standard work on the correct but natural use of English. Completely revised and expanded, it provides guidance on grammar, syntax and style.

The Oxford Library of English Usage

"First published 1991 as part of the Oxford library of English usage." v. 1. Grammar. A practical English grammar. 4th ed. / A.J. Thomson, A.V. Martinet -- v. 2. Spelling. The Oxford spelling dictionary / compiled by R.E. Allen -- v. 3.

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher:

ISBN: 0198631170

Category: English language

Page: 725

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The Copyeditor s Handbook

The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage. ... The New Fowler's
Modern English Usage (2004), edited by R. W. Burchfield; and for the current,
fourth edition, Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015), edited by
Jeremy ...

Author: Amy Einsohn

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520286726

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 568

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Unstuffy, hip, and often funny, The Copyeditor’s Handbook has become an indispensable resource both for new editors and for experienced hands who want to refresh their skills and broaden their understanding of the craft of copyediting. This fourth edition incorporates the latest advice from language authorities, usage guides, and new editions of major style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style. It registers the tectonic shifts in twenty-first-century copyediting: preparing text for digital formats, using new technologies, addressing global audiences, complying with plain language mandates, ensuring accessibility, and serving self-publishing authors and authors writing in English as a second language. The new edition also adds an extensive annotated list of editorial tools and references and includes a bit of light entertainment for language lovers, such as a brief history of punctuation marks that didn’t make the grade, the strange case of razbliuto, and a few Easter eggs awaiting discovery by keen-eyed readers. The fourth edition features updates on the transformation of editorial roles in today’s publishing environment new applications, processes, and protocols for on-screen editing major changes in editorial resources, such as online dictionaries and language corpora, new grammar and usage authorities, online editorial communities, and web-based research tools When you’re ready to test your mettle, pick up The Copyeditor’s Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment, the essential new companion to the handbook.

English Usage Guides

This volume explores both historical and current issues in English usage guides or style manuals.

Author: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198808206

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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This volume explores both historical and current issues in English usage guides or style manuals. Guides of this sort have a long history: while Fowler's Modern English Usage (1926) is one of the best known, the first English usage guide was published in the UK in 1770, and the first in the US in 1847. Today, new titles come out nearly every year, while older works are revised and reissued. Remarkably, however, the kind of usage problems that have been addressed over the years are very much the same, and attitudes towards them are slow to change - but they do change. The chapters in this book look at how and why these guides are compiled, and by whom; what sort of advice they contain; how they differ from grammars and dictionaries; how attitudes to usage change; and why institutions such as the BBC need their own style guide. The volume will appeal not only to researchers and students in sociolinguistics, but also to general readers with an interest in questions of usage and prescriptivism, language professionals such as teachers and editors, and language policy makers.

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Fowler , Commonweal 5 ( 23 February 1927 ) : 443 . 20 Epstein , 14 . 21 George
Philip Krapp , “ P ' s and Q ' s , " Saturday Review of Literature 2 ( 17 July 1926 ) ...

Author: James Rettig

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015024962923

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 356

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An examination of how and why certain books have become the most widely used reference works in American libraries. From Who's Who and World Book to Turabian's Manual, it explores the origins, influence and possible future for each of these works.

The Warden of English

This is the first full biography of a man whose Modern English Usage has become a classic text known simply as 'Fowler'.

Author: Jenny McMorris

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198605250

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 242

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'[a] story so poignant, impossible to forget, and exceedingly well told' Simon Winchester, author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne, in his Foreword Henry Watson Fowler was born in Tonbridge, Kent, in 1858. This is the first full biography of a man whose Modern English Usage has become a classic text known simply as 'Fowler'. It is based on meticulous research from previously unpublished papers, letters, and material from the Oxford University Press archives, and tells the story of his work on The King's English and the Concise and Pocket Oxford Dictionaries, as well as on Modern English Usage, and of his collaboration on some of these projects with his brother Frank. Against the descriptions of Fowler's work is set the story of a man whose career began as a schoolmaster, but who moved to London to begin a new life as a writer. Jenny McMorris chronicles the life of a fascinating and colourful figure who, amongst other things, found love and married at the age of 50, anddespite his advancing years enlisted during World War I. Written to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the publication of Fowler's Modern English Usage, this fascinating account of one of the most influential figures in the history of the development of the English language gives an insight into the man behind the scholar.