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Garner's Modern American Usage

Garner's Modern American Usage
Author: Bryan A. Garner
ISBN 13: 9780195382754
ISBN 10: 195382757
Edition: 3
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2009-08-27
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 1008
List Price: $45.00

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

October 10, 2003 - The Wall Street Journal

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.