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Garner's Modern American Usage (Garner's Modern American Usage)

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Publisher Comments:

The first edition of Garner's Modern American Usage established Bryan Garner as "an American equivalent of Fowler" (Library Journal). With more than 23,500 copies sold, this witty, accessible, and engaging book has become the new classic reference work praised by professional copyeditors as well as the general public looking for clear advice on how to write more effectively. In 1999, Choice magazine named it an Outstanding Academic Book and the American Library Association dubbed it an Outstanding Reference Source. With thousands of succinct entries, longer essays on key issues and problematic areas, and up-to-the-minute judgments on everything from trendy words to the debate over personal pronouns, GMAU is approachable yet authoritative.

Since the book first appeared in 1998, Bryan Garner has diligently continued tracking how we use our language. The second edition includes hundreds of new entries ranging from Dubya to weaponize (coined in 1984 but used extensively since 9/11) to foot-and-mouth, plethora (a "highfalutin equivalent of too many"), Slang, Standard English, and Dialects. It also updates hundreds of existing entries. Meanwhile, Garner has written a major essay on the great grammar debate between descriptivists and prescriptivists. Painstakingly researched with copious citations from books and newspapers and newsmagazines, this new edition furthers Garner's mission to help everyone become a better writer, and to enjoy it in the process.

Synopsis:

Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, this book authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation.

Now in the third edition, readers will find the "Garner's Language-Change Index," which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. Garner's Modern American Usage, 3e is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index, and the judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved.

About the Author

Bryan Garner is the best-selling author of The Elements of Legal Style, The Winning Brief, and Legal Writing in Plain English, co-author with Antonin Scalia of Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, and editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary. With his company LawProse, Inc., Garner has given writing seminars on improving communication to more than 80,000 lawyers and judges across the country.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195382754
Author:
Garner, Bryan
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Bryan
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Editing & Proofreading
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
English language -- United States -- Usage.
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Reference | English Usage Guides
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Series:
Garner's Modern American Usage
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
No
Pages:
1008
Dimensions:
7.3 x 10 x 2 in 4.113 lb

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Product details 1008 pages Oxford University Press, USA - English 9780195382754 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, this book authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation.

Now in the third edition, readers will find the "Garner's Language-Change Index," which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. Garner's Modern American Usage, 3e is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index, and the judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved.

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