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Write It Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults

Bierce, Ambrose

ISBN 10: 0486473104 / 0-486-47310-4
ISBN 13: 9780486473109
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
Amusing and thought-provoking, this A-to-Z compendium outlines common oral and written gaffes. Ambrose Bierce, a celebrated literary wit, assembled his informative compilation in 1909 from many years of observations and notes. He advocates precision in language, offering alternatives to grammatical lapses and inaccurate word choices.

Moneyed for Wealthy: "The moneyed men of New York." One might as sensibly say, "The cattled men of Texas," or, "The lobstered men of the fish market." 
Name for Title and Name: "His name was Mr. Smith." Surely no babe was ever christened Mister. 
Juncture means a joining, a junction; its use to signify a time, however critical, is absurd. "At this juncture the woman screamed." In reading that account of it, we scream, too. 

Times and usages have changed considerably in the past century. Bierce's strict rules remain, however, a timeless source of interest for wordsmiths and lovers of language.


Review:
This amusing A-to-Z compendium by a celebrated literary wit outlines common oral and written gaffes. It advocates precision in language, offering correct alternatives to grammatical lapses and inaccurate word choices. Times and usages have changed, rendering Bierce's strict rules inappropriate for modern writers. They remain, however, a timeless source of interest for lovers of language. 

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