The Penguin Dictionary for Writers and Editors

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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 ...

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Overview

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.
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This quick, concise guide to the most commonly encountered problems of the English language is a handy reference for perfecting the written word. Covers spelling, capitalization, hyphens, and abbreviations; foreign names, phrases, and geographical locations; and British and American usages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140512021
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/1995
  • Series: Dictionary Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson
With a wacky worldview -- and wanderlust -- that garners him comparisons to everyone from Chaucer to Dave Barry, Bill Bryson entertains readers around the world with his travelogues and riffs on the intricacies of language.

Biography

A backpacking expedition in 1973 brought Des Moines native Bill Bryson to England, where he met his wife and decided to settle. He wrote travel articles for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent for many years before stumbling into bestsellerdom with 1989's The Lost Continent, a sidesplitting account of his rollicking road trip across small-town America. In 1995, he moved his family back to the States so his children could experience "being American." However, his deep-rooted Anglophilia won out and, in 2003, the Brysons returned to England.

One of those people who finds nearly everything interesting, Bryson has managed to turn his twin loves -- travel and language -- into a successful literary career. In a string of hilarious bestsellers, he has chronicled his misadventures across England, Europe, Australia, and the U.S., delighting readers with his wry observations and descriptions. Similarly, his books on the history of the English language, infused with the perfect combination of wit and erudition, have sold well. He has received several accolades and honors, including the coveted Aventis Prize for best general science book awarded for his blockbuster A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Beloved on both sides of the pond, Bryson makes few claims to write great literature. But he is a writer it is nearly impossible to dislike. We defy anyone to not smile at pithy, epigrammatic opening lines like these: "I come from Des Moines. Someone had to."

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    1. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Des Moines, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.A., Drake University, 1977

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    with respect ...

    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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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Bryson's Dictionary is NOT for Everyone...

    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.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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