The Complete Plain Words

The Complete Plain Words

by Janet Whitcut (Editor), Sidney Greenbaum (Editor), Sir Ernest Gowers (Author)

Synopsis

The Complete Plain Words is the essential guide for anyone who needs to express themselves clearly, fluently and accurately in writing. Whether you are working on paper or on a computer, this invaluable reference work will lead you through the intricacies, problems and pleasures of the English language with wit, common sense and authority. Deals with the dangers of jargon, cliche and superfluous words Covers strategies for choosing the right word in any situation Lays out the ground rules of grammar and punctuation and shows how to avoid the pitfalls Discusses the influence of science and technology, and other cultures Gives suggestions for drafting letters Provides a list of words to use with care Sir Ernest Gowers (1880-1966) advised numerous commissions and committees on a wide variety of subjects from work conditions to the preservation of historic houses. Sidney Greenbaum (1929-1996) was Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of London, a Director of the Survey of English Usage and the author of many books on grammar and linguistics including A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985). Janet Whitcut has worked on a number of prestigious dictionaries, including the Longman Dictionary of the English Language (1984) and is now a freelance writer with a special interest in language and lexicography.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Edition: 3rd Rev Ed
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 24 Sep 1987

ISBN 10: 0140511997
ISBN 13: 9780140511994

Author Bio
Sir Ernest Gowers was born in 1880 and served in a number of illustrious occupations. He advised numerous commissions and committees on a wide variety of subjects from work conditions to the preservation of historic houses. Sidney Greenbaum was a Director of the Survey of English Usage and was the author of many books on grammar and linguistics. Janet Whitcut has worked on a number of prestgious dictionaries and is now a freelance writer with a special interest in langauge.