plain words a guide to the use of english

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Plain Words

Author : Rebecca Gowers
ISBN : 9780241960356
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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'Be short, be simple, be human.' When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English for the Civil Service. Within a year, however, its humour, charm and authority had made it a bestseller. Since then it has never been out of print. Six decades on, writer Rebecca Gowers has created a new edition of this now-classic work that both revises and celebrates her great-grandfather's original. Plain Words has been updated to reflect numerous changes in English usage, yet Sir Ernest's distinctive, witty voice is undimmed. And his message remains vital: our writing should be as clear and comprehensible as possible, avoiding superfluous words and clichés - from the jargon of 'commercialese' to the murky euphemisms of politicians. In a new preface, this edition draws on an extensive private archive, previously hidden away in family cupboards and attics, to tell the story behind a book that has become an institution: the essential guide to making yourself understood.

The Complete Plain Words

Author : Ernest Gowers
ISBN : 1567922031
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This classic guide to the intricacies of the English language provides clear, succinct explanations of such topics as jargon, spelling, punctuation, superfluous words, the overuse or misuse of words, sexist language and the ground rules of grammar.

The Complete Plain Words

Author : Ernest Gowers
ISBN : 0140511997
Genre : English language
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Current usage of vocabulary and style is explained clearly and sections included cover: jargon, cliches, spelling and punctuation; ground rules of grammar; superfluous words, overuse or misuse; sexist language, the influence of science and technology, American English and exemplary clarity.

The Complete Plain Words

Author : Sir Ernest Gowers
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Plain Words

Author : Ernest Gowers
ISBN : UCAL:$B617059
Genre : English language
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Plain Words

Author : Ernest Gowers
ISBN : UCAL:$B617059
Genre : English language
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Plain Words

Author : Ernest Gowers
ISBN : STANFORD:36105042643028
Genre : English language
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Oxford Guide To Plain English

Author : Martin Cutts
ISBN : 9780199669172
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Provides guidance on writing clearly and effectively, covering such topics as sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, and proofreading.

Plain Words

Author : Sir Ernest Cowers
ISBN : OCLC:458964763
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Horrible Words

Author : Rebecca Gowers
ISBN : 1846148510
Genre : English language
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Nothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operationalisation. To purists these are 'howlers' and 'non-words', fit only for scorn. But in their rush to condemn such terms, are the naysayers missing something? In this provocative and hugely entertaining book, Rebecca Gowers throws light on a great array of horrible words, and shows how the diktats of the pedants are repeatedly based on misinformation, false reasoning and straight-up snobbery. The result is a brilliant work of history, a surreptitious introduction to linguistics, and a mischievous salute to the misusers of the language. It is also a bold manifesto asserting our common rights over English, even as it questions the true nature of style.

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