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A word or two before you go--

Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press ; Scranton, Pa. : Distributed by Harper & Row, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The title of this collection of short essays on language and correct usage by one of America's eminent scholars is from Othello's last soliloquy. Most of these pieces appeared previously, primarily in American Scholar, The Atlantic and Columbia magazines, which Barzun has revised for consistency and timeliness and added material to balance the book. Among his themes are vigilance against corruption of English by  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Barzun
ISBN: 0819551740 9780819551740 0819562068 9780819562067
OCLC Number: 14187419
Description: xi, 190 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introductory: What are mistakes and why --
Part I: Guidelines --
The positive side of negatives --
"It makes no sense" --
English as she's not taught --
Enigma variations --
Le faux chic --
What makes writing right? --
Part II: Pitfalls --
Look for trouble ahead --
Promiscuous pairs --
Tonier than thou --
Page Mrs. Malaprop --
Vulgar, vulgarity, vulgarisms --
Points of passing --
Exercise in discretion --
Part III: False friends --
A copy editor's anthology --
The Naïveté of spelling reform --
Basic English: Whose pidgin is it? --
After Fowler's generation --
Dialogue in c-sharp --
"The rain in Spain," etcetera --
Part IV: "Words apt and gracious" --
What if-? English versus German and French --
A search for roots --
A real personal person --
For us readers' sake --
Mencken's America speaking --
On the necessity of common tongue.
Other Titles: Word or 2 before you go.
Responsibility: Jacques Barzun.

Abstract:

The title of this collection of short essays on language and correct usage by one of America's eminent scholars is from Othello's last soliloquy. Most of these pieces appeared previously, primarily in American Scholar, The Atlantic and Columbia magazines, which Barzun has revised for consistency and timeliness and added material to balance the book. Among his themes are vigilance against corruption of English by technocrats, and "media hacks", the importance of precise expression; and appreciation for rich heritage of English language. Includes a selected bibliogrpahy of other essays on language by the author. ISBN 0-8195-5174-0 : $14.95.

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