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Saying What You Mean: A Commonsense Guide to American Usage

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Hardcover, 269 pages
Published June 1st 1986 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1986)
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May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
A book with attitude and humor, Claiborne looks at selected words and grammatical "rules" and subjects them to scrutiny and criticism; saying a lot of them violate common sense and are archaic and no longer relevant. I've skimmed this from time to time with enjoyment. If anyone ever wants to argue about whether to split an infinitive, get this book out and show them Claiborne's take on the issue. He says split holy living fuck out of infinitives; who cares? (that's my paraphrasing of what he say ...more
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Robert Watson Claiborne, Jr. (1919–1990) American folk singer, labor organizer and writer. He wrote primarily about science and linguistics.

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