A dictionary of modern English usage

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'What grammarians say should be has perhaps less influence on what shall be than even the more modest of them realize ...'No book had more influence on twentieth-century attitudes to the English language in Britain than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. It rapidly became the standard work of reference for the correct use of English in terms of choice of words, grammar, and style. Much loved for hisfirm opinions, passion, and dry humour, Fowler has stood the test of time and is still considered the best arbiter of good practice.In this new edition of the original Dictionary, David Crystal goes beyond the popular mythology surrounding Fowler's reputation to retrace his method and arrive at a fresh evaluation of his place in the history of linguistic thought. With a wealth of entertaining examples he looks at Fowler's statedprinciples and the tensions between his prescriptive and descriptive temperaments. He shows that the Dictionary does a great more than make normative recommendations and express private opinion. In addition he offers a modern perspective on some 300 entries, in which he shows how English haschanged since the 1920s.
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