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Garner on Writing and Language

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The nations' foremost expert on writing, style, and usage, Bryan Garner, now collects his finest essays on writing, language, and style, and offers them in this in this massive anthology. These articles cover the gamut from advice for beginning writers, to essays on writing successfully as a professional. Also included are hilarious chapters on puns, curiosities, vocabular ...more
Hardcover, 600 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by American Bar Association
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Nov 28, 2010 Greg marked it as i-started-something-i-couldn-t-fini  ·  review of another edition
Dear First Reads Program,

I regret that I have been unable to bring myself to read this book you so graciously gave to me. I thought it would somewhat about legal writing, but more about writing in general. I was wrong. I just don't have the interest in legal writing. I am not a lawyer. The essays are probably delightful. I have read passages in Garner's usage guide and enjoyed what he has written. I also read the DFW review for Garner's usage guide and choose to agree with DFW that
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. Odds: 50 copies available, 772 people requesting.

A word that is missing from the title of this book is "legal". Garner's focus is on improving legal writing. And at first when I entered the giveaway I didn't realize that bit. Still it could be useful, as law is one possibility I'm considering if I need a change from accounting at some point. And the omission of this word from the title may actually have a purpose. Most of the advice I've read so far
Jarrod Jenkins
Jul 23, 2015 Jarrod Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Bryan Garner impresses me for me three reasons, but worries me for one. First, his resume is stellar. He is an attorney, lexicographer, author, speaker, and professor. He completed his Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage when he was 29—starting when he was a first-year law student at 22. (Who has time to write a dictionary while in law school? Answer: Bryan Garner. And possibly other UT law grads. I knew I shouldn’t have wasted all that time at No. 3 on the Corner in Charlottesville.) Garner is the ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: law professionals, writers
Recommended to Robin by: firstreads
Shelves: first-reads, at-home
I won this book on goodreads firstreads. And I sheepishly admit I didn't read the description of the book before putting my name in to win it. I saw the words "Language and Writing" in the title and dove in headfirst. I had no idea this was a tome on legal writing. So when I got the book and saw what I'd signed up for, I could only groan and brace myself for a torturous journey of self-important, impossible-to-understand prose.

This book turned out to be the best mistake I've ever made. Garner ho
Aug 26, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I asked my husband, a lawyer and legal writer, to read and review it. He liked it very much:

Author Bryan Garner is undeniably the world's leading English language
authority on the craft of legal writing, with enough books to his credit
to support a Hummer with a flat. This collection of his essays and
speeches is less structured than his other works; therein lies both its
charm and challenge.

It charms in its simple and compelling message that lawyer
Aug 05, 2010 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Writers who want to improve the quality of their writing, legal writers
I received this text as a part of the Goodreads "First Reads" Giveaway, and I have to say it's one of the best resource guides to writing that I've come across. Granted, one might note that this is a specific guide to legal writing and may be most helpful in that plane of writing. However, from perusing the chapters as a writer in general, I've found several resources and practical tips for writers of all walks. Some topics that Garner touches on include writing groups, English grammar and usage ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Garner’s latest book is an impressive collection of his essays on writing and language. Although intended for legal writers, these essays are an essential read for anybody who loves language, is picky about grammar, and enjoys serious commentary laced with wit. Garner takes shots at legal writing with specific examples from law review articles, judges’ decisions, and briefs. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including persuasive writing.

Language and Writing is a book to read slowly and
Julia Skinner
Jul 29, 2010 Julia Skinner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a legal scholar, so I may not do a lot of these types of writing regularly, but I found the language straightforward enough that one can still understand the concepts even if they are not proficient in law. The tips are practical, and can be applied to my writing in other fields.
I felt the layout of the book was also useful, and guided me through writing in a way that was progressive (i.e. skills built upon those previously acquired). At the same time, the book's layout allowed for eas
Jul 28, 2010 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as a Goodreads Giveaway . As a lawyer, I agree with Garner that needing to know how to actually write is important. I've read books of his on the English language. This definitely took a while to get through--especially since I read it along with my usual casual reading.

The book is quite helpful, especially if you are a lawyer. However, you don't need to be a lawyer to enjoy it. Although I do feel that this book is also not something you sit and read all day. Most of the essays I foun
Nov 13, 2010 Mhairi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally I thought that the focus of this book would have been simple on the English Language and writing, however it is more about law and legal writing. The sections which I did read were enjoyable, at the moment I am at university doing english language and linguistics so I can see in some instances how this will be useful.
I also gave this book to a friend who is studying law to read and he said that it was extremely useful and informative for his studies.
I think book would be very good fo
Jul 19, 2010 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a hard time believing that I just gave five stars to a book about language and writing--but this book is fabulous. I never thought that a book like this could be so entertaining and readable. The book is full of very useful information that is presented in a fun way. I recommend this book to students of all types and ages or to anybody who likes an entertaining nonfiction read. It is a book that can be used as a quick and easy reference, read cover-to-cover, and it actually makes a fa ...more
Oct 11, 2010 LuAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was particularly impressed with this book. I have quite a collection of writing books (as do most writers I know) and if I’m going to add another to my reference shelf, it has to be useful to me. Otherwise, it just takes up space.
“On Language and Writing” is a great addition for me. This huge book (700-plus pages) covers such a variety of topics that I’m sure I will refer to it often.
This is a wonderful book and if you do any type of writing, you’ll want to consider adding it to your collecti
I should've read the description of this book more closely before I requested it on FirstReads. I have enjoyed reading some of Garner's essays on language in his Modern American Usage, and it is my go-to book for questions of usage. This book, however, is primarily about legal language, and so it is far less useful and appealing to me. I skimmed some of the essays, and they appear to be written in his same clear, readable style, but the subject matter is not really my thing.
Jun 22, 2010 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Giselle by: goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through goodreads first-reads!
Great book for any writer especially those that need help in that area. Garner does a masterful job breaking down the process so as to be easily digestable to the layperson. "Garner on Language and Writing" is enthusiastically recommended reading for law students or anyone who wants a better understanding of the jungle of the law. Highly recommend this book to anyone trying to improve their writing skills
John Heyhoe-Griffiths
This book made me realize that I'm a poor writer. I suppose that's the highest compliment I can give the book. But despite that depressing realization, I enjoyed this collection of articles and essays. At times the book is repetitive (I skipped substantial portions). Nevertheless, Garner's love of language always shines through.
Sep 05, 2010 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I like Garner's writing style and I enjoyed his essays. There is some great information about writing and usage. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve writing skills and especially if you are going into Law, as this is Garner's target audience.
Sep 03, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garner on Writing and Language is a great reference book. Although it is primarily law orientated, he provides a wealth of knowledge and tips for anyone who needs to write papers or journal articles. I would recommend this book to anyone in grad school or who reviews/edits articles.
Stephen P.
Jun 28, 2010 Stephen P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is misleading, as it didn't seem to specify it would be a LEGAL writing book, but overall it's a useful addition to my library. I work as a proposal writer and frequently deal with contracting issues. I will definitely be giving this book a lot of attention.
Sep 03, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
Garner on Writing and Language is a great reference book. Although it is primarily law orientated, he provides a wealth of knowledge and tips for anyone who needs to write papers or journal articles. I would recommend this book to anyone in grad school.
James Steinmann
Dec 27, 2009 James Steinmann rated it it was amazing
A collection of Garner's essays, mostly regarding legal writing. An absolute "must read" for any law student or lawyer, but also an exceptional guide for anyone who wants to really craft his writing. And not only that, it's entertaining, too!
I won this on goodreads. I have a good friend that teaches English to High School students and I hope she can use this and I hope it can give me some insight as well. We'll see soon!

I received this today (22Jun).
May 21, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. Mr. Garner is an excellent writer. The book is both informative and entertaining. I highly recommend it. Everyone can gain something from this book.
Aug 25, 2011 Athena is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I've won a copy on First Reads. Language is my passion, so I hope to enjoy the book.
-k The Lady Critic
I won a copy through the Goodreads giveaway and I'm really excited to receive my copy.
If you are interested in writing persuasively and clearly, this is a good book.
May 19, 2010 Clare marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I've taken his quizzes, I flunk! I need this book.
Austin Surridge
Looks interesting, will be excited to read it!
Won through First Reads, can't wait to get it!!!
Jun 18, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
It was ok I guess...not really my cup of tea.
May 21, 2010 Alicia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Won from first reads!!
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