Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English
Language is everybody's business, and enters into almost every part of human life. Yet it is all too often misused; directness and clarity disappear in a whirl of cliches, euphemisms, and woolliness of expression. This book attacks linguistic abusage of all kinds, and at the same time offers helpfully constructive advice on the proper use of English.
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Usage and abusage: a guide to good EnglishUser Review - Book Verdict
The first edition of this book was published in 1942 and became a classic reference on the use of the English language. Whitcut has updated this edition for the 1990s but left much of Partridge's original wit and wisdom intact. She also kept many of his original examples and citations to other works, so this new edition still seems somewhat dated. That said, this style manual in dictionary form, interspersed with essays on various topics (including "standard English," "jargon," and "euphemism"), is by turns entertaining and informative. An updated list of vogue words includes such entries as "backlash," "crash," and "syndrome." This book would do well in reference for answering quick questions such as the difference between "can" and "may," both of which "express the idea of permission." It is also interesting to browse. Recommended for informed readers.-Lisa J. Cochenet, Winfield P.L., Ill.
Review: Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good EnglishUser Review - Goodreads
Very amusing but highly informative.