The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage
There is certainly a sense of satisfaction having finished reading a usage book cover to cover. I've been reading through Pam Peters's The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage, a few pages at a time, for the last year. And I've enjoyed it very much. My previous usage guide readings have come almost entirely from the "curmudgeonly prescriptivist" perspective (Charles Harrington Elster, Bryan Garner, and others), but Peters is a more tempered point of view. She deals with many of the token...more
Dictionaries and usage guides such as this one see their role as reflecting the state of Australian English now, rather than reminding us of grammar rules invented mainly at the beginning of last century.
As a working writer, I'm shocked at how much the language has changed since I began writing in 1994. Having a reference like this on hand means that I can have consistency in my work, and that I can defend my decisions to ...more