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Over 75 years old, this classic text has become the standard work on the
correct but natural use of English and has ensured that Fowler is a household
name. Written in Fowler's inimitable style, it gives clear guidance on usage,
word formation, inflexion, spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, and
typography. Rewritten, updated, and expanded to take into account the vast
linguistic changes of the past three-quarters of a century, here are thousands
of alphabetically-arranged entries, offering advice and background information
on all aspects of the English language, from grammar to spelling to literary
Witty and practical, and renowned for its authority, Fowler's Modern English
Usage remains an invaluable guide to the English language. The first place to
turn for sensible advice on the thorny issues of grammar, meaning, and
pronunciation, "Fowler" is one of those rare reference books that can also be
read simply for pleasure.
This new edition includes an introduction by Simon Winchester, which gives
the book a modern perspective and confirms its importance in literature.