Usage and Abusage 3e: A Guide to Good English (Penguin Reference Books)

3.98 avg rating
( 151 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780140514421: Usage and Abusage 3e: A Guide to Good English (Penguin Reference Books)

Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use - and constant misuse - of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, this essential guide sets out both to highlight problems and pitfalls and to offer constructive advice on the proper use of English.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Eric Partridge was a master of linguistic scholarship. Author of A Dictionary of Cliches, Shakespeare's Bawdy, and many others, Partridge's Usage and Abusage, first out in 1942, was last updated by him in 1973, six years before his death. But life and language tick on, even without Partridge. Now, Janet Whitcut has revised his classic to keep up with the 1990s. One is reminded that "ablution is now intolerably pedantic" for "hand washing," that errata should be confined to corrections in books, and that precipitously (very steeply) should not be misused in the place of precipitately (violently hurried). The entry on punctuation runs for pages and is lucid, literate, and lively. The "Vogue Words" section is completely updated and provides today's connotations for words and phrases from academic to yuppie, rounding out a scholarly reference that maintains the Partridge standard.

About the Author:

Eric Partridge was one of the leading commentators on the English language before he died in 1979. Janet Whitcut was Senior Research Editor of the Longman Dictionary and Reference Book Unit and is now a freelance writer. She is the co-author of The Longman Guide to English Usage and The Little Oxford Guide to English Usage.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Partridge, Eric
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801405144210000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Partridge, Eric
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2006)
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 3rd ed.. 194 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use and constant misuse of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, this essential guide sets out both to highlight problems and pitfalls and to offer constructive advice on the proper use of English. Bookseller Inventory # APG9780140514421

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Partridge, Eric
Published by Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom (2006)
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 3rd ed.. 194 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use and constant misuse of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, this essential guide sets out both to highlight problems and pitfalls and to offer constructive advice on the proper use of English. Bookseller Inventory # APG9780140514421

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Partridge, Eric
Published by Penguin UK (2005)
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin UK, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140514422

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Partridge, Eric
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Paperback First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. 129mm x 198mm x 23mm. Paperback. Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use and constant misuse of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, this essential gu.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 416 pages. 0.303. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140514421

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Partridge, Eric
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Book Condition: New. 2005. 3rd Edition. Paperback. The 3rd edition, revised by Janet Whitcut, has been completely reset and brought up-to-date for modern usage. This classic guide, full of advice on how to avoid woolly expressions, bad grammar and poor vocabulary selection, guides the user through the difficulties of writing clear, direct English. Num Pages: 416 pages. BIC Classification: 2ACD; CBG; CJ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 130 x 26. Weight in Grams: 310. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780140514421

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Partridge, Eric
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English, Eric Partridge, Janet Whitcut, Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use and constant misuse of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, this essential guide sets out both to highlight problems and pitfalls and to offer constructive advice on the proper use of English. Bookseller Inventory # B9780140514421

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.80
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Partridge, Eric
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use and constant misuse of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, this essential guide sets out both to highlight problems and pitfalls and to offer constructive advice on the proper use of English. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780140514421_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.69
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Partridge, Eric
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Book Condition: New. 2005. 3rd Edition. Paperback. The 3rd edition, revised by Janet Whitcut, has been completely reset and brought up-to-date for modern usage. This classic guide, full of advice on how to avoid woolly expressions, bad grammar and poor vocabulary selection, guides the user through the difficulties of writing clear, direct English. Num Pages: 416 pages. BIC Classification: 2ACD; CBG; CJ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 130 x 26. Weight in Grams: 310. . . . . . from our Bookshop. Bookseller Inventory # V9780140514421

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Partridge, Eric
Published by Penguin Books Ltd 1999-08-05, London (1999)
ISBN 10: 0140514422 ISBN 13: 9780140514421
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd 1999-08-05, London, 1999. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140514421

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book