Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right

By Bill Bryson

One of many English language’s such a lot expert and loved writers courses us all towards distinct, mistake-free usage.

As ordinary invoice Bryson says it top: “English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, jam-packed with quirks and irregularities that regularly look willfully at odds with common sense and customary feel. it is a language the place ‘cleave’ can suggest to chop in part or to carry halves jointly; the place the easy note ‘set’ has 126 various meanings as a verb, fifty eight as a noun, and 10 as a participial adjective; the place in the event you can run quickly you're relocating quickly, but when you're caught quick you're not relocating in any respect; [and] the place ‘colonel,’ ‘freight,’ ‘once,’ and ‘ache’ are strikingly at odds with their spellings.” As a replica editor for the London Times within the early Eighties, invoice Bryson felt keenly the shortcoming of an easy-to-consult, authoritative advisor to warding off the traps and snares in English, and so he brashly advised to a writer that he should still write one. unusually, the proposition used to be authorised, and for “a amount of cash conscientiously gauged to not reason embarrassment or emotions of overworth,” he proceeded to write down that book–his first, inaugurating his stellar career.

Now, a decade and a part later, revised, up to date, and carefully (but now not overly) Americanized, it has turn into Bryson’s Dictionary of complicated Words, greater than ever a vital consultant to the splendidly disordered factor that's the English language. With a few a thousand entries, from “a, an” to “zoom,” that characteristic real-world examples of questionable utilization from a world array of courses, and with a useful word list and advisor to pronunciation, this distinctive, prescriptive, and–because it really is written by way of invoice Bryson–often witty e-book belongs at the table of each one that cares adequate in regards to the language to not maul or misuse or distort it.

From the Hardcover edition.

Show description

Quick preview of Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right PDF

Best English Language books

Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling

While did ghost collect its silent h? Will our on-line world kill the single in rhubarb? And was once it fairly rocket scientists who invented spell-check? In Righting the mummy Tongue, writer David Wolman tells the cockamamie tale of English spelling, when it comes to a wordly event from English battlefields to Google headquarters.

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening

Diana Butler Bass, one in every of modern Christianity’s best trend-spotters, exposes how the flaws of the church at the present time are giving upward push to a brand new “spiritual yet now not spiritual” flow. utilizing facts from the most recent nationwide polls and from her personal state of the art examine, Bass, the visionary writer of A People’s background of Christianity, keeps the dialog begun in books like Brian D.

Elizabeth Is Missing: A Novel

During this darkly riveting debut novel—a refined mental secret that also is an heartbreakingly sincere meditation on reminiscence, id, and aging—an aged girl descending into dementia embarks on a determined quest to discover the simplest pal she believes has disappeared, and her look for the reality will return a long time and feature shattering effects.

The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary (Oxford Paperback Reference)

With 28,000 entries, this can be the authoritative reference for somebody who desires to recognize what anything feels like in addition to what it truly is known as. below common different types corresponding to "man and his social environment," "entertainment, tradition and art," and "atom, universe and earth," 384 plates position gadgets in context.

Additional resources for Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right

Show sample text content

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.65 of 5 – based on 46 votes