Right, Wrong, and Risky

Right, Wrong, and Risky

A Dictionary of Today's American English Usage

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Provides straightforward information about American-English word usages, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, in an up-to-date guide that provides etymologies for common terms and phrases, word lore, and discussions of why certain rules are disputed by usage authorities.

Norton Pub
Right, Wrong, and Risky provides simple, direct answers to questions about word choice, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; in straightforward alphabetical order. The answers are supported by thousands of up-to-date published usage examples. And the reader is told not just that particular usages are right or wrong, but why. In addition, Right, Wrong, and Risky warns the reader about risky words like cleave and suspicious, and the many risky situations in which usage authorities disagree about what is and is not acceptable in Standard American English. For every such quandary, this book provides a risk-free solution. Browsers will learn why we tell stage performers to break a leg, why it's not really an insult to call someone a philistine or even a Neanderthal, and why it's wise never to use the word fortuitous or say the word forte aloud.
For anyone challenged by the changes and controversies in the world's most widely used language: Standard American English.

Book News
Davidson presents a guide to American English language word usage, noting that it is descriptive, but not a set of rules. Words are discussed alphabetically, and pertain to such questions as using a or an, capitalization, parts of speech, foreign language terms, verb conjugation, word origins, and spelling. Entries range from a brief sentence to a few pages. Davidson, who died in 2005, taught communications at UCLA and USC. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Provides straightforward information about American-English word usages, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, in an up-to-date guide that provides etymologies for common terms and phrases, word lore, and discussions of why certain rules are disputed by usage authorities. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393061192
0393061191
Branch Call Number: R 423.1 DAV
Characteristics: 570 p. ; 24 cm

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