Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - 400 pages
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Which is preferred - nom de plume, pseudonym, or pen name? What are neologisms, disguised conjunctions, and fused participles? Language enters into almost every part of human life and yet it is all too often misused: directness and clarity disappear in a whirl of clichés, euphemisms, and wooliness of expression.

Janet Whitcut has revised Eric Partridge's popular reference book to reflect the language of well-informed writers, readers, and speakers today. She has also added a section to the book entitled "Vogue Words," which includes words that have acquired a new power and influence.
 

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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 ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
65
Section 3
132
Section 4
144
Section 5
214
Section 6
226
Section 7
244
Section 8
294
Section 9
331
Section 10
333
Section 11
389
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About the author (1997)

Janet Whitcut has contributed to many publications including The International Encyclopedia of Lexicography and The Oxford Thesaurus.

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