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Allen approaches this updated guide to English usage by way of British English. Therefore, numerous words, rare to the American vocabulary, populate alphabetized entries. British spellings may also cause momentary confusion for American speakers: "broccoli" seems initially defined as the grain "spelt," until one recognizes this as the British form of "spelled." Excellent sidebars are devoted to easily confusable words and tricky suffixes that can alter meaning. However, Allen (Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases) occasionally omits detonative and connotative meanings to focus instead on pronunciation, leaving the entry wanting. These flaws aside, it is a useful guide, recommended for English collections.
—Savannah Schroll Guz