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First published in 1926, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage is one of the most celebrated reference books of the twentieth century. Commonly known as 'Fowler,' after its inimitable author, H. W. Fowler, it has sold more than a million copies and maintained a devoted following over seven decades, in large part because of its charming blend of information and good humor, delivered in the voice of a genial if somewhat idiosyncratic schoolmaster. Now this classic is available in a new edition - the first major ...
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Overview

First published in 1926, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage is one of the most celebrated reference books of the twentieth century. Commonly known as 'Fowler,' after its inimitable author, H. W. Fowler, it has sold more than a million copies and maintained a devoted following over seven decades, in large part because of its charming blend of information and good humor, delivered in the voice of a genial if somewhat idiosyncratic schoolmaster. Now this classic is available in a new edition - the first major revision since Fowler's original. Rewritten, updated, and expanded to take into account the vast linguistic changes of the past three-quarters of a century, here are thousands of alphabetically arranged entries, offering advice and background information on all aspects of the English language, from grammar to spelling to literary style.

Alphabetically arranged entries cover grammar, spelling, literary style, syntax, political correctness, etc

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The earlier edition was cited in "BCL3" and with good reason since "Fowler's," as it is affectionately called by writers and Anglophiles, is a generous dictionary guide to the uses, misuses, and conundrums of English grammar, spelling, and style. The third edition updates this classic, pointing out differences between British and American English (the original was strictly the King's English), but continues its tradition of wit. No other guide makes the split infinitive fun (or is it funny?) or quotes the likes of Martin Amis, Iris Murdoch, Tom Wolfe, and Ruth Rendall for examples. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198602637
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/13/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1010
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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Robert Burchfield was the Chief Editor of the OED from 1971-84. He was a Senior Research Fellow of St Peter's College Oxford from 1979-90 and is now an Emeritus Fellow of the College. His distinguished lexicographical career has included a number of key publications: The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, 1966 (with C. T. Onions and G. W. S Friedrichsen), A Supplement to the OED, 1972-86 (with D. Donoghue and A. Timothy), The English Language, 1985, and The New Zealand Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 1986.

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