Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Publisher: Anchor Canada
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.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Aa


Aachen
. City in Germany; in French, Aix-la-Chapelle.

a/an. Errors involving the indefinite articles a and an are almost certainly more often a consequence of haste and carelessness than of ignorance. They are especially common when numbers are involved, as here: "Cox will contribute...
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“One of the best guides to usage there is. I cannot imagine an English-speaking person [who] would not rejoice in [it].”
—Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe

“A reference book with attitude.”
The Gazette (Montreal)

“A worthwhile addition to any writer’s or editor’s reference library.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Bryson is] a world-class grammar maven.”
Seattle Times


From the Hardcover edition.