Words on Words: The Columbia Dictionary for Writers

Words on Words: The Columbia Dictionary for Writers

by John B. Bremner
     
 

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Imagine a word handbook with references such as "Cosellism" (named after Howard Cosell, the technique of making simple things complicated). Well, Words on Words is loaded with quotable gems like that. Did you know the plural of "court-martial" (yes, it should be hyphenated) is "courts-martial"? The author gently dissects phony intellectualisms such as "AnSee more details below

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Imagine a word handbook with references such as "Cosellism" (named after Howard Cosell, the technique of making simple things complicated). Well, Words on Words is loaded with quotable gems like that. Did you know the plural of "court-martial" (yes, it should be hyphenated) is "courts-martial"? The author gently dissects phony intellectualisms such as "An historic..." which TV commentators love to use: "Would you say an hotel, an harpoon?" There are thousands of alphabetized entries. Whether it's the difference between "linage" and "lineage" or ending the confusion over "hopefully," this book is not only a grammatical aid but also an inexahaustible source of creative ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567312829
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.13(d)

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