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Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words

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Publisher Comments:

One of the English language’s most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage.

As usual Bill Bryson says it best: “English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense. This is a language where ‘cleave’ can mean to cut in half or to hold two halves together; where the simple word ‘set’ has 126 different meanings as a verb, 58 as a noun, and 10 as a participial adjective; where if you can run fast you are moving swiftly, but if you are stuck fast you are not moving at all; [and] where ‘colonel,’ ‘freight,’ ‘once,’ and ‘ache’ are strikingly at odds with their spellings.” As a copy editor for the London Times in the early 1980s, Bill Bryson felt keenly the lack of an easy-to-consult, authoritative guide to avoiding the traps and snares in English, and so he brashly suggested to a publisher that he should write one. Surprisingly, the proposition was accepted, and for “a sum of money carefully gauged not to cause embarrassment or feelings of overworth,” he proceeded to write that book–his first, inaugurating his stellar career.

Now, a decade and a half later, revised, updated, and thoroughly (but not overly) Americanized, it has become Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, more than ever an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language. With some one thousand entries, from “a, an” to “zoom,” that feature real-world examples of questionable usage from an international array of publications, and with a helpful glossary and guide to pronunciation, this precise, prescriptive, and–because it is written by Bill Bryson–often witty book belongs on the desk of every person who cares enough about the language not to maul or misuse or distort it.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

A revised and updated edition of a humorous primer to the English language, expanded for an American audience, contains entries on correct and questionable usage, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide.

About the Author

Bill Bryson’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In A Sunburned Country, Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Bill Bryson's African Diary, and A Short History of Nearly Everything. He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767910477
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
English language
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Author:
Bill Bryson
Subject:
Vocabulary
Subject:
Dictionaries - Synonyms/Antonyms
Subject:
Usage
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Reference-Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines-Vocabulary
Subject:
Reference : Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Vocabulary
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Reference-Grammar and Style
Subject:
Reference-Spelling and Vocabulary
Subject:
Reference-Synonyms and Antonyms
Subject:
Reference-Words on Words
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Broadway Books
Publication Date:
20020801
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
241

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Reference » Grammar and Style
Reference » Spelling and Vocabulary
Reference » Writing » General

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