Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

From one of the world s most beloved and bestselling authors, a terrifically useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers.What is the singular form of graffiti From what mythological figure is the word tantalize derived One of the English language s most skilled writers guides us all toward precise,From one of the world s most beloved and bestselling authors, a terrifically useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers.What is the singular form of graffiti From what mythological figure is the word tantalize derived One of the English language s most skilled writers guides us all toward precise, mistake free usage Covering spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and foreign names and phrases, Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors will be an indispensable companion for all who care enough about our language not to maul, misuse, or contort it.As Bill Bryson notes, English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense This dictionary is an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language.
Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors From one of the world s most beloved and bestselling authors a terrifically useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers What is

  • Title: Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors
  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • ISBN: 9780385662079
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words A One of the English language s most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise, mistake free usage As usual Bill Bryson says it best English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense. Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words Kindle edition by Bill Bryson Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Bryson s Dictionary of Troublesome Words. Bill Bryson Early life Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Agnes Mary ne McGuire and sports journalist Bill Bryson Sr His mother was of Irish descent He had an older brother, Michael , and a sister, Mary Jane Elizabeth In Bryson Notes from a Small Island Notes from a Small Island is a humorous travel book on Great Britain by American author Bill Bryson, first published in . Overview Bryson wrote Notes from a Small Island when he decided to move back to his native United States, but wanted to take one final trip around Great Britain, which had been his home for over twenty years Bryson covers all corners of the island, observing and On the use of the word gotten Sarah Woodbury Bill Bryson s Made In America is an entertaining account of how British and American English have diverged since the early colonies, and includes a number of examples of words commonly assumed by Brits to be Americanisms, but that are actually old English words that Americans have preserved. Does Listening to an Audiobook Count As Reading Writer Does listening to an audio book count as reading Laura investigates Image Credit Spry via Flickr Creative Commons Background According to the Macquarie dictionary, the act of reading occurs when you observe, and apprehend the meaning of something written, printed etc. Talk Like A Brummie everyday Talk Like A Brummie Day Dictionary Add your favourite Brummie words or phrases to this page in dictionary form if you can Please check if it s already listed expand if you ve got a better definition.

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    1. Dictionaries in general are wonderful thieves of time. How often one gets distracted, meandering from word to word, even forgetting the reason for opening the book in the first place. Well, Bryson's Dictionary is different. Yes, it is good for reference, giving the trickier spellings, words which are often confused, British and American uses and so on, but for a writer it can also be read from cover to cover for the sheer enjoyment of discovery. And it has the advantage that it can be put down a [...]

    2. If Bernstein's the acknowledged expert on English grammar, Bill Bryson is the most famous living expert who share's his knowledge with a pinch of humility and humor.I met Bryson reading his Short History of Nearly Everything. Therein lay the seeds of my initial distrust. How could an author who wrote such an enthralling historic book like Short History switch genres and write a successful dictionary? Shouldn't that be the job of a bibliophile or Mr. Webster's great grandson? Despite my misgiving [...]

    3. Reading a dictionary is typically not the most entertaining read. This amazing book was entertaining, enlightening, and informative. I checked it out through the library, but will be buying a copy for my own shelves soon. It has changed the way I thought about words, constructing sentences and will in the future improve my writing greatly, I believe.

    4. BRYSON'S DICTIONARY FOR WRITERS AND EDITORS BY BILL BRYSON: Bestselling author Bill Bryson has already amassed quite a career for himself with successful travel writing books like A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country, as well as books on literature and language like The Mother Tongue and Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, and even attempting to present a concise history of science with A Short History of Nearly Everything; Bryson now returns with Bryson's Dictionary for Writers [...]

    5. Initial thoughts are that there's a lot of info I wouldn't look to this book for. If I have trouble with spelling or pronunciation I'd look at dictionary which references several dictionaries. Otherwise I might look something up in his book that wouldn't be in there. So, as a reference book, this doesn't seem very handy but as a general info for a quick read-through, pretty interesting. I think I'll keep it in the bathroom until I've read it.OK, it's been in the bathroom for awhile and it just i [...]

    6. my god, what ego this book represents. It's a dictionary, of words and phrases that Bryson has found or thinks you will find troublesome/interesting. Many without definitions? So, you get to hear about the difference between leech and leach and lay and lie, and how some (what fools!) confuse laudable and laudatory. Its a highly personal book, that he compiled over many many years--pre home computer years-- but still, it seems almost totally useless. I would either use a regular dictionary (my fa [...]

    7. Delightful to meander through, this "dictionary" limits itself to words and topics that editors must frequently fact-check. The words phrases and abbreviations are listed alphabetically, and I imagine it would be useful were I an editor. As a person who merely enjoys words, I found that it did not work well as a reference. (I tried to look one thing up that turned out not to be listed, a random test, but a test failed nevertheless.) I laughed aloud several times at the concise and opinionated ph [...]

    8. This book was so excellent. Bryson includes all variety of useful things, from definitions to the correct spelling of confusing words, to cross-references and connotations that may get a "serious" writer into trouble. Bryson bases some of his entries on opinion, but in most cases, his opinion is itself based on a long and illustrious writing career as well as multiple referenced sources. In only a few cases did I disagree with his logic, and only once did I find an actual mistake Ulysses was not [...]

    9. How lucky writers and editors are to have this reference work from Bill Bryson!A bestselling author himself across a variety of creative nonfiction genres, in this book he's opened up his toolkit to improve the craft of harried writers and perfectionist writers everywhere.He keeps his prose simple and concise, but his signature humor is there and his aptitude for storytelling. I say this every time I review one of his books: Bill Bryson is the best living writer in the English language.

    10. I don't know if I can really say I "read" this because it is a reference book. I checked it out and looked through it, but nothing captured my attention. It is the kind of book I wish I owned so that when I do have one of those weird language or spelling questions (like "Do you capitalize rock and roll?"), I would have a resource. I like Bryson a lot, but this isn't quite as entertaining as most of his travelogues and other books.

    11. Mea culpa. It's not Bryson's fault but entirely my own.Whenever I want to check the spelling of a word or its meaning, I wouldn't come to this book; I knew it before I clicked 'buy'. So why did I? Bryson, I guess.Not a great dictionary, not a great book. Still an entertaining piece to kill time reading a couple of words or pages at a time while you wait for your flight to be called or the cab to arrive.

    12. I'm "finished" with perusing through this fascinating writing resource. It's not so much a book one reads cover to cover (unless you have a habit of reading dictionaries cover to cover for fun, I'm definitely not one to judge since I do enjoy the Online Etymology Dictionary). This is more a book to test the waters and see if it is indeed a good resource for writers, and as an amateur writer, I think it's one worth having on the shelves at home.

    13. "Read" is the wrong term here. It's a reference, so "flipped through" is more accurate. If I find myself doing a lot of copyediting again it might be useful to add to my collection--most of the info is available in other places, including online with a quick Google search, but as Bryson points out, it's nice to have it in one place so you don't have to hunt for it.

    14. This is a really fun collection of trivia and information for writers. It isn't the kind of book that you read cover to cover, but one that I'll pick up often when I have a few moments and just want to learn something new and interesting.

    15. My parents sent this to me as a birthday present.Update: I'm reading a few pages of this every night before bed. I'm really enjoying it. If you are the sort of person who has a favorite dictionary, you should check this out.

    16. (adding to the title)d People Who Give a Damn about Grammar, Usage and CorrectnessI'm really excited to have this book join my library. Sometimes, a dictionary just isn't enough and Google is just beyond reach (no internet access).

    17. A fun reference book for spelling, misused phrases and the like It is perfect for those times when you are not sure if you should use effect or affect - Bryson puts them together and gives the meaning of each.

    18. I read it cover to cover -- VERY good stuff -- clarifies a lot of subtleties; a good read for a dictionary!

    19. An enjoyable book to flick through and dip into. Even Bryson's humour comes through in his explanations. A great dictionary for writers and people who just can't spell!

    20. Fascinated and obsessed by the first 50 pages, then got (expectedly) repetitive. Still, I learned a lot and am glad I pushed on through.

    21. Good to have on hand for anyone who likes to read a reference book you can pick up, randomly select a page, read for 2 mins, and learn 10 things.

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