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Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English: A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers and linguists

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Robert Hartwell Fiske aims to eliminate laxity in language today by way of this witty and engaging reference.

Fiske rails against "laxicographers and ding-a-linguists" who, with their misguided thinking, actually promote the dissolution of the English language. He also illustrates why dictionaries don't always provide the correct meaning or usage of a word. With concise ins
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Scribner
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Drew
Dec 21, 2011 Drew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only thing unendurable about reading this "dictionary" is Fiske himself. He is unashamedly elitist, and his pitch for this book is basically "Tired of having no easy way to show how much better you are than other people? How about nitpicking their use of English?" He makes a straw man out of the entire field of linguistics, describing linguists as "language cravens" and lamenting the descriptivist state of most dictionaries.

I try to find some sort of middle ground between descriptivism and
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Amy
Jan 17, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took his point about lexicographers and descriptivists, and learned that I've been using several words incorrectly. Many of the entries appeared to be just common misspellings. While I tend to be a little more forgiving of bad spelling and grammar, I am glad there are people like Mr. Fiske in the world holding up the torch for proper usage. The forwards were laugh-out-loud funny. (Notice I didn't use LOL, but I might have, because it's in the OED now).
Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh
Read the book - cover to cover- found the information valid, witty and is now a part of my permanent library. One draw back after a while his wry comments on the intelligence of people who make these mistakes, become repetitious and unnecessary.
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