The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byBryan A. Garner

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What's the singular of paparazzi? Is graffiti singular or plural? What about kudos? Should I say empathic or empathetic? Is it a couple of dozen or a couple dozen? What's the correct pronunciation of concierge? Or schism? Or flaccid? In this book of crisp, precise, and often witty pronouncements on modern American English, Bryan Garner decisively 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 thousands ofexamples--good, bad, and ugly--from sources such as The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. No one can browse through the book without sharing the authors spirited awareness of how words work and his relish for exposing the affectations that bloat our language. And even if you don't have the time for browsing, but simply want a quick answer to an editorial riddle, this book is your bestbet.

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What's the singular of paparazzi? Is graffiti singular or plural? What about kudos? Should I say empathic or empathetic? Is it a couple of dozen or a couple dozen? What's the correct pronunciation of concierge? Or schism? Or flaccid? In this book of crisp, precise, and often witty pronouncements on modern American English, Bryan Garne...

Bryan A. Garner, a noted lawyer and lexicographer, has written extensively on the English language and the language of law. His earlier books include A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, The Elements of Legal Style, and The Winning Brief. He is Editor-in-Chief of Black's Law Dictionary and President of LawProse, Inc., a Dallas-based co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 5.31 × 8.19 × 1.18 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195135083

ISBN - 13:9780195135084

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People from non-English speaking countries tend to learn the language in textbook fashionPeople from non-English speaking countries tend to learn the language in textbook fashion. So, when they arrive on American shores and hear expressions like ‘that car is real cool’ or the word ‘like’ inserted five times in one sentence, things can get a bit confusing. The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style is an ideal companion to help iron out those puzzling ‘Americanisms’ that we often encounter in writing and in speech. More than simply a guide to slang words and expressions, Bryan A. Garner’s reference includes advice about plain language writing and proper grammar.

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"More consistently entertaining and approachable than the more formal Merriam-Webster and New Fowler's."--The Baltimore Sun