Usage and Abusage has ratings and 9 reviews. Krystal said: This is my favourite book to refer to when musing over the slow death of the English langu. Eric Partridge ยท Paperback Usage and Abusage takes a long, hard look at the use – and constant misuse – of English. Declaring war on bad. In this new edition, Janet Whitcut has revised Partridge’s popular reference book to Usage and Abusage wittily attacks linguistic abusage of all kinds and offers.

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I love books, any kind but the real kind. The first edition of this book was published in and became a classic reference on the use of the English language.

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For public and high-school libraries, though, it is still too British wric too dated to be the first choice for a usage guide. Its goal is to explain the motivations behind the real grammar of English and to debunk ill-founded claims about psrtridge is grammatical and what isn’t.

But language does evolve over the years, and new problems such as the use of “hopefully” and current topics such as “sexism” have engendered a whole new vocabulary, which cannot be omitted from any book discussing the English Usage and Abusage Paperback. I have to be able to flip back and forth as I read one. Given the prescriptivist penchant for insisting that words must have very clearly defined meanings and their obsession with precision in language, it just seems weird how cavalierly they toss illogical about.

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But when I reject an invitation, I always have a valid reason: Adam Albright found the following words in the OED as nouns: And it’s fun to read too. This site uses cookies.

Usage and Abusage

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. But being informal is not the same abuage being bad grammar, no matter how badly the prescriptivists want that to be the case.

fric He also wrote novels under the pseudonym Corrie Denison, and books on tenniswhich he played well. The copy I bought was published in and last revised in Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Selected pages Title Page. Timothy rated it it was amazing Jun 27, As Eric Partridge writes in Usage and Abusage: