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Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right

Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right

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About the Book


"As usual Bill Bryson says it best: "English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense. This is a language where 'cleave' can mean to cut in half or to hold two halves together; where the simple word 'set' has 126 different meanings as a verb, 58 as a noun, and 10 as a participial adjective; where if you can run fast you are moving swiftly; but if you are stuck fast you are not moving at all; [and] where 'colonel,' 'freight,' 'once,' and 'ache' are strikingly at odds with their spellings." As a copy editor for the London Times in the early 198Os, Bill Bryson felt keenly the lack of an easy-to-consult, authoritative guide to avoiding the traps and snares in English, and so he brashly suggested to a publisher that he should write one. Surprisingly; the proposition was accepted, and for "a sum of money carefully gauged not to cause embarrassment or feelings of overworth," he proceeded to write that book - his first, inaugurating his stellar career."--BOOK JACKET.

Author(s): Bill Bryson
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Broadway
Release Date: 2004-09-14
ISBN: 0767910435



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