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The King's English
This classic reference work has given generations of students, scholars, and professional writers the answers to problems of grammar and style. Written with the good sense and liveliness that is characteristic of the Fowlers, it "illustrates by living examples, with the name of a reputable authority attached to each, all blunders that observation shows to be common."
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 4th 1973 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1906)
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Jun 10, 2013 James rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: 20th century grammar aficionados
Recommended to James by: My Dad
Another perfect book for the English language aficionado (or pedant). Fowler and Fowler present their definitive guide for the aspiring early-20th-century writer wanting to ensure the correctitude (or not) of their prose. The King's English is not a guide for learning how to write though, Fowler and Fowler don't spend much time explaining the correct usage at all, instead it's a list of examples of, and corrections for, mistakes – common and uncommon – in grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etc. While ...more
You'd have to be pretty serious to read this all the way through, but I find it fascinating to browse. I can only imagine having such a technical command of the English language, but then it occurs to me that if I did no one would probably notice, and they would probably think, "She sure talks funny!" I think the best part of this book are the examples of mistakes he gives from contemporary (for him) newspapers and writers.