Accidents of Style Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly

ISBN-10: 0312613008
ISBN-13: 9780312613006
Edition: 2010
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Description: Fasten your seat belt for a crash course in careful usage.... Just like automobile accidents, accidents of style occur all over the English-speaking world, in print and on the Internet, thousands of times every day. They range from minor fender  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Fasten your seat belt for a crash course in careful usage.... Just like automobile accidents, accidents of style occur all over the English-speaking world, in print and on the Internet, thousands of times every day. They range from minor fender benders, such as confusingtheirandthere,to serious smashups, such as misusingsensualforsensuousor writingloathewhen you meanloath.Charles Harrington Elster shows you how to navigate the hairpin turns of grammar, diction, spelling, and punctuation with an entertaining driver's manual covering 350 common word hazards and infractions, arranged in order of complexity for writers of all levels. Elster illustrates these surprisingly common accidents with quotations from numerous print and online publications, many of them highly regarded---which perhaps should make us feel better: If the horrendous redundancycloseproximityand the odious constructionwhat it is, ishave appeared inThe New York Times,maybe our own accidents will be forgiven. But that shouldn't keep us from aspiring to accident-free writing and speaking. If you want to get on the road to writing well,The Accidents of Stylewill help you drive home what you want to say.

CHARLES HARRINGTON ELSTER is a writer, broadcaster, and logophile-a lover of words. He is the author of several books, including The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, Verbal Advantage, and There's a Word for It. He is also a guest contributor to the "On Language" column of the New York Times Magazine. He lives in San Diego.

Introduction
A Note to the Reader
How Accident-Prone Are You?
The Accidents of Style
Are You Roadworthy?
Bibliography
Index

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