The Penguin Writer's Manual

Author: Martin Manser,Stephen Curtis

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141924829

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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The Penguin Writer's Manual is the essential companion for anyone who wants to master the art of writing good English. Whether you're composing an essay, sending a business letter or an email to a colleague, or firing off an angry letter to a newspaper, this guide will help you to brush up you communication skills and write correct and confident English.

Penguin Pocket Writer's Handbook

Author: Martin H. Manser,Stephen Curtis

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141027524

Category: Authorship

Page: 216

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Penguin Pocket Writer's Handbook is the ideal companion for anyone looking for a quick, effective guide to the art of writing good English. Whether working on grammar for a business letter, striving to improve spelling for an essay or getting to grips with the rules of punctuation, this guide will help you to write correct and confident English whatever the situation.

Penguin Writers' Guides: How to Write Better English

How to Write Better English

Author: Robert Allen

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141941359

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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The Penguin Writers' Guides series provides authoritative, succinct and easy-to-follow guidance on specific aspects of written English. Whether you need to brush up your skills or get to grips with something for the first time, these invaluable Guides will help you find the best way to get your message across clearly and effectively. This essential guide covers the key rules - and pitfalls - of written and spoken grammar. It covers such areas as: the building blocks of language, common errors and misconceptions, choosing the right level of expression, differences between British and American English, and political correctness. It also discusses various uses of language, from creative writing, CVs and reports to verbal presentations, and business and personal letters, with many useful suggestions for accurate and fluent English.

The Penguin Guide to Punctuation

Author: Robert Lawrence Trask

Publisher: Penguin Uk

ISBN: 9780140513660

Category: Reference

Page: 162

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Effective and easy to follow, this step-by-step guide will dispel the mysteries of punctuation and prove an invaluable aid to writing clear English.

Usage and Abusage

A Guide to Good English

Author: Eric Partridge

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393317091

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 389

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Partridge's classic guidelines for writing standard English and explanations of usage differences are updated for the nineties with articles on sexism and vogue words

A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics

Author: R.L. Trask

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134884206

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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This dictionary of grammatical terms covers both current and traditional terminology in syntax and morphology. It includes descriptive terms, the major theoretical concepts of the most influential grammatical frameworks, and the chief terms from mathematical and computational linguistics. It contains over 1500 entries, providing definitions and examples, pronunciations, the earliest sources of terms and suggestions for further reading, and recommendations about competing and conflicting usages. The book focuses on non-theory-boumd descriptive terms, which are likely to remain current for some years. Aimed at students and teachers of linguistics, it allows a reader puzzled by a grammatical term to look it up and locate further reading with ease.

The Complete Plain Words

Author: Ernest Gowers

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 9781567922035

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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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 Penguin Dictionary of Clichés

Author: Julia Cresswell

Publisher: Penguin Mass Market

ISBN: N.A

Category: Clichés

Page: 296

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This dictionary investigates the wide range of cliches throughout the history of the English language. With over 1500 sourced cliches listed, both ancient an modern, this work looks at the more informal side of the English language.

The Penguin Dictionary of American English Usage and Style

A Readable Reference Book, Illuminating Thousands of Traps That Snare Writers and Speakers

Author: Paul W. Lovinger

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780142000465

Category: Reference

Page: 491

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Features more than one thousand primary entries, along with more than two thousand examples of questionable style and the misuse of language, providing valuable lessons for students, writers, and speakers.

The Rehearsal

Author: Eleanor Catton

Publisher: Emblem Editions

ISBN: 077101984X

Category: Adolescence

Page: 320

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When news spreads of a high school teacher's relationship with one of his students, the teenage girls at Abbey Grange are jolted into a new awareness of their own potency and power. Although no one knows the whole truth, the girls have their own ideas about what happened. And when the local theatre school decides to turn the scandal into a play, the boundaries between fact and fantasy soon break down as dramas both real and imagined begin to unfold.

The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms

Author: Daphne M. Gulland,David Hinds-Howell

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 378

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A completely new edition of this best-selling dictionary. Thoroughly revised with some 4000 new idioms, it includes all the very latest sayings with examples from a wide variety of sources. Idioms are arranged under categories and this unique approach results in a particularly clear and easy-to-use reference.

The Penguin Thesaurus

Author: Rosalind Fergusson,Martin H. Manser

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141018485

Category: English langauge

Page: 667

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With nearly 400,000 synonyms and antonyms, the Penguin Thesaurus is the most extensive, authoritative and modern wordfinder currently available. Its alphabetical arrangement of the headwords means that it is very easy to use. In addition where a headword has more than one meaning or nuance there are examples to help the reader locate which group of synonyms are appropriate. The coverage is the most up-to-date (including many slang and informal usages) of any thesaurus available.

The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology

Author: Nicholas Abercrombie,Stephen Hill,Bryan S. Turner

Publisher: Puffin Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sociology

Page: 510

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This revised and updated edition provides not only simple, one-line definitions, but also entries that discuss the issues involved in, and alternative approaches to, the central concepts, theories and writings of sociology. It is a comprehensive reference for students of school to university level.

1001 Words You Need To Know and Use

An A-Z of Effective Vocabulary

Author: Martin Manser

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199560056

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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This A-Z provides 1001 words you need to know to make your writing and speaking effective, convincing, and expressive. With clear guidance on choosing the right word, this book is essential for anyone wanting to achieve greater success in written and spoken tasks including essays, interviews, CVs and application letters, reports, and more.

Starting from Scratch

A Different Kind of Writers' Manual

Author: Rita Mae Brown

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307794008

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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From the best-selling author of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo, here is a writers' manual as provocative, frank, and funny as her fiction. Unlike most writers' guides, this one had as much to do with how writers live as with mastering the tools of their trade. Rita Mae Brown begins with a very personal account of her own career, from her days as a young poet who had written a novel no publisher wanted to take a chance on, right up to her recent adventures as a Hollywood screenwriter. In a sassy style that makes her outspoken advice as entertaining as it is useful, she provides straight talk about paying the rent while maintaining the energy to write; and dealing with agents, publishers, critics, and the publicity circus; about pursuingj ournalisim, academia, or screen-writing; and about rejecting the Hemingway myth of the hard-living, hard-drinking genius. In addition Brown, a former teacher or writing, offers a serious examination of the writer's tool--language, plotting, characters, symbolism--plus exercises to sharpen the ear for dialogue, and a fascinating, annoted reading list of important works from the seventh century to the late twentieth. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Writing to Win

The Legal Writer

Author: Steven D. Stark

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307888746

Category: Law

Page: 320

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From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In Writing to Win, Steve Stark, a former teacher of writing at Harvard Law, who has taught thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, has written the only book on the market that applies the universal principles of vigorous prose to the job of making a case--and winning it. Writing to Win focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life writing--as well as models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the problems lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; teaches ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their practice, from memos and letters to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference. No other legal writing book on the market is as practical, as focused on results, as well written as Writing to Win. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Penguin Book of Witches

Author: Katherine Howe

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 014310618X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 294

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A chilling, truly authoritative anthology of real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial AmericaFrom a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witchesis a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0307373266

Category: Reference

Page: 416

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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.

Dictionary of Eponyms

Author: Martin Manser

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1624885101

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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This book explores an aspect of the rich heritage of the English language – the deriving of words from the names of people, eg sandwich, wellington, mackintosh, ampere, watt, volt. Eponyms are the people who give their names to words. Most eponymous words derive from a person’s surname: boycott, from the Irish landlord Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott, dahlia, from the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, the sousaphone, from the American bandmaster John Philip Sousa, and volt, from the Italian physicist Count Alessandro Volta. Some eponymous words come from literary, biblical, or mythological sources: malapropism, from Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan’s The Rivals, Dickensian – for example, a real old-fashioned Dickensian Christmas – from the English writer Charles Dickens, as old as Methuselah, from the age of the Old Testament patriarch, and aphrodisiac, from the Greek goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite. In this book, I have concentrated on the more well-known eponymous words in general use and have sought to give background detail on interesting aspects of an individual’s life. The entries are listed according to the name of the thing referred to, not the name the thing derives from. So there is an entry spoonerism, which shows the derivation Rev William Archibald Spooner. Note that when the name of the thing itself is a person’s name this is listed in alphabetical order: e.g. an Aunt Sally is listed at Aunt, Mrs Grundy at Grundy, and a smart alec at smart.

The Sense of Style

The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Author: Steven Pinker

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 0143127799

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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"Charming and erudite . . . The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem." --Time.com Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing--and why should we care? In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times-bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.