A Dictionary of Modern American Usage
Baker & Taylor
"This wonderfully written work aims to help people use language so they will use the right words to say what they mean. Garner relies on modern sources rather than historical precedent to determine the current, correct usage. He even advises writers about which words to avoid altogether. Each of the approximately 7,000 entries provides a definition, discusses the usage of the word, provides illustrative quotations, and gives citations to the references and quotations. This is an entertaining, witty, and unpretentious resource that will always come in handy in the public or academic library."----"Outstanding reference sources 2000", American Libraries, May 2000. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.
Discusses the proper usage of standard American English
A delight for serious writers and language lovers alike, a weighty, witty, reliable guide to proper American English word usage, grammar, pronunciation, and style features more than five thousand examples of good and bad usage from the media. UP.
Oxford University Press
In every age, writers and editors need guidance through the thickets of English usage. Although some language issues are perennial (infer vs.imply), many others spring anew from the well of English:
* Is it all right to say alums instead of alumni or alumnae? And should it be spelledalums or alumns?
* Should I say empathic or empathetic? Do you home in orhone in? Is it a couple of dozen or a couple dozen?
* What's the singular of paparazzi? Is paparazzis an acceptable plural? What aboutgraffiti--singular or plural? And what about kudos?
* What's the correct pronunciation of concierge? Or schism? Or flaccid?
This book will tell you. In 750 pages of crisp, precise, and often witty pronouncements on modern American English, Bryan Garner authoritatively answers these and thousands of other questions that bedevil those who care about the language. Garner draws on massive evidence to support his judgments, citing more than 5,000 examples--good, bad, and ugly--from sources such asThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.
Here is a usage guide that, whether you're a language connoisseur or just a dabbler, you can savor in a leisurely way, a few paragraphs at a time. No one can browse through the book without sharing the author's spirited awareness of how words work and his relish for exposing the affectations that bloat our language. Yet if you don't have the time for browsing, but simply want a quick answer to an editorial riddle, this book is your best bet.
DMAU can justifiably lay claim to being the most comprehensive treatment of how American English is used--and abused--as we enter the 21st century.
New York : Oxford University Press, c1998
Branch Call Number:
R 423.1 GAR
xxvi, 723 p. ; 24 cm