The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

by Bryan A. Garner


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The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style by Bryan A. Garner

What's the singular of paparazzi? Is graffiti singular or plural? What about kudos? Should I say empathic or empathetic? Is it a couple of dozen or a couple dozen? What's the correct pronunciation of concierge? Or schism? Or flaccid?

In this book of crisp, precise, and often witty pronouncements on modern American English, Bryan Garner decisively answers these and thousands of other questions that bedevil those who care about the language. Garner draws on massive evidence to support his judgments, citing thousands of examples—good, bad, and ugly—from sources such as The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.

No one can browse through the book without sharing the authors spirited awareness of how words work and his relish for exposing the affectations that bloat our language. And even if you don't have the time for browsing, but simply want a quick answer to an editorial riddle, this book is your best bet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195135084
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 413,242
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bryan A. Garner, a noted lawyer and lexicographer, has written extensively on the English language and the language of law. His earlier books include A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, The Elements of Legal Style, and The Winning Brief. He is Editor-in-Chief of Black's Law Dictionary and President of LawProse, Inc., a Dallas-based company that provides continuing-legal-education seminars to lawyers nationwide.

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andersoj on LibraryThing 14 days ago
This is an excellent source, and a favorite settler of arguments. Everyone should have this in their collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just received this book, Nov. 2012, and to my surprise it is a paperback, and not a hardback as advertised on the B & N web site, a minus since I wanted a sturdy hardback due to frequent use in our offices.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Garner illustrates how our language is currently being used, with thousands of examples from current publications, pointing out where they went wrong (or occasionally, right.) The book is so well written that it qualifies as a bathroom book - pick it up and open to almost any page and find something of interest!