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Right, Wrong, and Risky: A Dictionary of Today's American English Usage
     

Right, Wrong, and Risky: A Dictionary of Today's American English Usage

by Mark Davidson
 
For anyone challenged by the changes and controversies in the world's most widely used language: Standard American English.Right, Wrong, and Risky provides simple, direct answers to questions about word choice, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; in straightforward alphabetical order. The answers are supported by thousands of up-to-date published usage examples.

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For anyone challenged by the changes and controversies in the world's most widely used language: Standard American English.Right, Wrong, and Risky provides simple, direct answers to questions about word choice, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; in straightforward alphabetical order. The answers are supported by thousands of up-to-date published usage examples. And the reader is told not just that particular usages are right or wrong, but why. In addition, Right, Wrong, and Risky warns the reader about risky words like cleave and suspicious, and the many risky situations in which usage authorities disagree about what is and is not acceptable in Standard American English. For every such quandary, this book provides a risk-free solution. Browsers will learn why we tell stage performers to break a leg, why it's not really an insult to call someone a philistine or even a Neanderthal, and why it's wise never to use the word fortuitous or say the word forte aloud.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Glamor or glamour? Glance or glimpse? Graceful or gracious? Ah, the wonderful (im)possibility of the English language: two words may sound the same but be written in an entirely different way, they my derive from the same root but have different meanings, or they may be spelled differently but be used interchangeably. Journalist and communications professor Davidson (who died last year) makes sense of it all in this easy-to-use A-to-Z listing of 2500 entries, demystifying the usage of words to help us express ourselves without sounding ambiguous or plain dull. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393061192
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/05/2005
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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Mark Davidson was a writer, author, and journalist, and a former professor at UCLA, USC, and Cal State.

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