Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English by Robert Hartwell Fiske
A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers and linguists

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Word snobs and copy editors should love the Dictionary of Unendurable English and cherish it as a reference book. Those learning English can benefit, too. Folks who think they have English down pat ought to read it.
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Robert Hartwell Fiske aims to eliminate laxity in language today by way of this witty and engaging reference.

Fiske rails against "laxicographers and ding-a-linguists" who, with their misguided thinking, actually promote the dissolution of the English language. He also illustrates why dictionaries don't always provide the correct meaning or usage of a word. With concise instruction and numerous examples of misused words, Fiske makes it easier than ever to learn from others' mistakes.

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.

 

About Robert Hartwell Fiske

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Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review (www.vocabula.com), an online journal about the English language, and certainly the principal web destination for anyone interested in words and language.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Scribner. 478 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Allentuck on Nov 18 2011

Word snobs and copy editors should love the Dictionary of Unendurable English and cherish it as a reference book. Those learning English can benefit, too. Folks who think they have English down pat ought to read it.

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