Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English

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Can anything be described as 'very real'? There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear, precise ('accurate'?) English ('english'?) that it is a wonder ('wander'?) anyone ('any one' or 'anyone'?) can be understood. Fortunately, all those who have ever feared being shown up by using one of the twenty worst words and phrases to be avoided at all costs, or confusing the complex with the complicated, can now relax and even enjoy a trouble-shooting guide to good writing. Trask's wonderfully readable and authoritative book adjudicates on hundreds of contentious issues from politically correct language to whether to write 'napkin' or 'serviette'.

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'Intelligent, reliable and lively ... this book is great' -- The Guardian, August 10th, 2002

'It is good to see there is someone out there hunting down...serial abusers of English' -- The Guardian, August 10th, 2002

'The book produces satisfied murmurs of content and cries of ''Tell it like it is, baby'' ' -- The Guardian, August 10th, 2002

About the Author:

Larry Trask is the author of such well-received books as The Penguin Guide to Punctuation and The Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar. He was born in western New York State in 1944 and came to England in 1970. He now teaches at the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex.

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