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By Eric Partridge

Utilization and Abusage: A consultant to stable English through Eric Partridge, revised through Janet Whitcut
How to choose the appropriate phrases and steer clear of the inaccurate Ones in Speech and Writing...

Usage and Abusage is a vintage that has stood up good to the passage of time. yet language does evolve through the years, and new difficulties (such because the use of "hopefully") and present themes (such as "sexism") have engendered an entire new vocabulary, which can't be passed over from any ebook discussing the English of the Nineties. during this new version, Janet Whitcut has revised Partridge's renowned reference publication to mirror the language of well-informed writers, readers, and audio system at the present time. moreover, she has extra a bit to the ebook entitled fashion phrases, such as phrases similar to "crash" "symbiotic, " and "viable" that experience obtained an influence and a power past those who they initially possessed. Usage and Abusage wittily assaults linguistic abusage of every kind and gives positive recommendation at the right use of English.

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