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It is nearly 20 years since Bill Bryson first penned his deliciously witty paean to ... more

precision Troublesome Words. Now he has revised it
and 60 per cent of the content is new so it's well
worth another browse and a place on the desk
corner of anyone who likes words and who wants to
get things right.  Once a sub-editor at The Times,
Bryson is irresistibly drawn to knowing that "to
flaunt" means to display ostentatiously but "to
flout" means to treat with contempt. Or that a
straitjacket may be straight but its name means
that its occupant is confined and restricted--in
straitened circumstances, perhaps. And can you
explain the difference between a Creole and a
Pidgin or between egoism and egotism? If not
consult Bryson. Then you'll be able to. There's no
pedantry or pomposity in Bryson's writing. But he
argues: "Just as we all agree that clarity is
better served if 'cup' represents a drinking
vessel and 'cap' something you put on your head,
so too I think the world is a fractionally better
place if we agree to preserve a distinction
between 'its' and 'it's', between 'I lay down the
law' and 'I lie down to sleep', between 'imply'
and 'infer' and countless others." Bryson modestly
jokes that this alphabetically arranged book could
be subtitled "Even More Things in English Usage
That the Author Wasn't Entirely Clear about Until
Quite Recently". If only most of us were sure
about a fraction of the things Bryson clearly
understands very well we might all be more
effective writers and speakers. --Susan Elkin

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EAN 9780767910439
ISBN 0767910435
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Broadway Books
Type Non-Fiction
Genre Language & Linguistics
Title Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right

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