The Penguin Dictionary for Writers and Editors

The Penguin Dictionary for Writers and Editors

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by Bill Bryson
     
 

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What is the difference between cant and jargon or endemic and epidemic? What is a fandango? Is it linchpin or lynchpin? Whodunit or whodunnit?

Covering spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, foreign names and phrases and British and American usages, this dictionary will be an indispensable companion to all those who work with the written word:

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What is the difference between cant and jargon or endemic and epidemic? What is a fandango? Is it linchpin or lynchpin? Whodunit or whodunnit?

Covering spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, foreign names and phrases and British and American usages, this dictionary will be an indispensable companion to all those who work with the written word: writers, journalists, secretaries and publishers. It aims to give rulings that are both authoritative and commonsensical while, at the same time, avoiding the pedantries of so much writing about the English language.

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This is a compact dictionary of difficult spellings and usage, up to date for 1991. First published in England, it is perhaps unique in its frequent distinctions between U.S. and U.K. conventions: program in the first, programme in the latter, or collectable (U.K.) and collectible (U.S.). Bryson, an American who has worked in British journalism for 15 years, is well qualified to make such distinctions. In fact, he may even have overemphasized the British entries, at least for American tastes. Bryson is heavy on places and people but light on contemporaries from either side of the Atlantic. One can find entries for Graham Greene but not Anita Brookner, William Faulkner but not Saul Bellow. Still, as a companion to the Asso ciated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (Addison-Wesley, 1987) or any such guide, this book would be highly useful. For copy editors and reference librarians.-- John Mort, Kansas City P.L., Mo.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140512021
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/07/1995
Series:
Dictionary Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
NY_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
Not for everybody, but Bryson can make even this subject interesting. With respect to the previous review: Read a few pages before you buy a book. It'll save you anguish and money.
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mslyfe3 More than 1 year ago
I was under the impression that this dictionary included words that are obsolete that are normally used in historical romances. I was sorely disappointed because there are select words included in this dictionary which made this a waste of my money. I suggest that anyone purchasing this dictionary should be mindful of the type of words they wish to define.