The Dictionary of Disagreeable English

The Dictionary of Disagreeable English

A Curmudgeon's Compendium of Excruciatingly Correct Grammar

Book - 2005
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F+W Publications
The Dictionary of Disagreeable English provides writers with the tools they need to identify tricky grammar and usage problems and to correct them instantly, with ease. This accessible and humorous guide is: * Easy to use, with no previous knowledge of grammar needed, allowing writers to find mistakes and fix them quickly * Packed with useful tips and sidebars that include helpful Q&As, common grammar pitfalls, and top ten lists of need-to-know information * Written by the Grumbling Grammarian, Robert Hartwell Fiske, whose witty and grouchy tone will engage both novices and word mavens With its handy size, writers will be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining and useful grammar guide.

Baker & Taylor
An accessible and humorous guide to tricky grammar and usage problems provides a wealth of useful tips and sidebars that identify common grammar pitfalls and need-to-know information, in a resource that is presented in a witty and grouchy tone designed to engage both novices and word mavens. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
This comprehensive dictionary of common misusages lays bare the mistakes we all make every day. Robert Hartwell Fiske, the grumbling grammarian of our time, shows you the definitive right way and wrong way to use language - and illustrates why dictionaries don't always provide the correct meaning or usage of a word.
Eliminate laxity in language today by learning from this witty and engaging reference that not only provides you with correct usages, but also explains the worst malaproprian sins of public figures and major publications.

Publisher: Cincinnati : Writer's Digest Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9781582973135
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.


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Sep 06, 2013

Robert Fiske's "dictionary" is not nearly humorous enough. Richard Mitchell (the underground grammarian) dealt with the same problems with much more humor and no lack of wordplay. Find his books. Since Mark Twain and H. L. Mencken are examples of curmudgeons, I would have to say Fiske doesn't rate; he's just a grump.


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