In this update of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage (1998), a contributor to The Chicago Manual of Style (2003) offers entries that discuss either a particular word or phrase, or larger issues of usage and style. The prefaces to both editions are included as well as a quick guide to 100 common editorial comments, a glossary, and a chronology of books on usage since the 18th century. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
His book is comprehensive and a browser's delight. The long entry on "hoist(ed) with one's own petar(d)" reveals three common variants. The one on E.E. Cummings should close the lower-case debate for good. And there are more than 9,000 entries and essays on basic or baffling matters like diminutives, expletives, and metaphors--everything from abbreviations to my favorite, zeugma. Thus do I tip my hand and my hat.