By H. W. Fowler
No booklet had extra effect on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of contemporary English utilization. It quickly turned the traditional paintings of reference for the proper use of English when it comes to selection of phrases, grammar, and elegance. a lot enjoyed for his enterprise critiques, ardour, and dry humor, Fowler has stood the try of time and continues to be thought of by means of many to be the easiest arbiter of excellent practice.
Now Oxford is bringing again the unique long-out-of-print first version of this liked paintings, better with a brand new advent by way of one in every of today's top specialists at the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of interesting examples, Crystal bargains an insightful reassessment Fowler's recognition and his position within the background of linguistic suggestion. Fowler, Crystal issues out, was once way more refined in his research of language than most folk detect and plenty of of his entries demonstrate a priority for descriptive accuracy which might do any sleek linguist proud. And even though the ebook is stuffed with his own likes and dislikes, Fowler's prescriptivism is mostly clever and reasoned. Crystal concludes warmly that Fowler used to be like "an endearingly eccentric, schoolmasterly personality, pushed now and then to exasperation by means of the infelicities of his wayward students, yet continually in need of the simplest for them and hoping to supply the simplest tips for them.... He may possibly shake his stick at us, yet we by no means consider we're truly going to be beaten."
In the concluding component to the e-book, Crystal examines approximately three hundred entries intimately, deals a latest viewpoint on them, and exhibits how English has replaced because the Twenties. This intriguing and lengthy awaited re-release of 1 of the vintage works of English reference will satisfaction each person attracted to language.