Dictionary for Writers and Editors, The Penguin (Dictionary, Penguin)

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9780140512021: Dictionary for Writers and Editors, The Penguin (Dictionary, Penguin)

This dictionary is aimed specifically at those working with words and phrases on a daily basis. It provides details of spelling for commonly misspelt words and explanation of abbreviations used in everyday language.

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Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up there, but has spent most of his adult life in Britain. He has worked for a number of newspapers, including The Times and the Independent. His books on the English language include Mother Tongue and Troublesome Words, both published by Penguin. Bill Bryson is the author of several bestsellers including The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Big Country, Down Under, A Short History of Nearly Everything, One Summer: America 1927 and his memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. His most recent bestseller is The Road to Little Dribbling.

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This is a compact dictionary of difficult spellings and usage, up to date for 1991. First published in England, it is perhaps unique in its frequent distinctions between U.S. and U.K. conventions: program in the first, programme in the latter, or collectable (U.K.) and collectible (U.S.). Bryson, an American who has worked in British journalism for 15 years, is well qualified to make such distinctions. In fact, he may even have overemphasized the British entries, at least for American tastes. Bryson is heavy on places and people but light on contemporaries from either side of the Atlantic. One can find entries for Graham Greene but not Anita Brookner, William Faulkner but not Saul Bellow. Still, as a companion to the Asso ciated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (Addison-Wesley, 1987) or any such guide, this book would be highly useful. For copy editors and reference librarians.
- John Mort, Kansas City P.L., Mo.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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