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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Write a customer review. The list of vogue words is almost totally new; Whitcut added born-again and ethnic and dropped Bolshevism and ego and id. Garner’s Modern American Usage. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Richards idea idiom idiomatic implies incorrect jargon Jespersen John kind language latter less literary logical means ment merely metaphor misused nature negative never obsolescent obsolete officialese one’s Onions onymous past participle perhaps person phrase plural poetic precis preferred preterite pronoun pronunciation properly prose quoted Rhetoric sense sentence separate entry singular slang sometimes speak speech spelling Standard English Stuart Chase style subjunctive synonym Syntax technical tense term things tion tive usual verb VOGUE WORDS Webster’s Weseen whereas writing.

The entry Muhammad notes that Muslim is the correct form for believers, not Muhammadanas in previous editions but the entry Mecca still says it “is a place of religious pilgrimage for Muhammadans”.


For public and high-school libraries, though, it is still too British and too dated to be the first choice for a usage guide. To ask other readers questions about Usage and Abusageplease sign up.

Just between gu and me, stupid. The only meaning I can come up with is that the word was formed through improper means.

Sure, Partridge might have an argument somewhere up his sleeve that alright really is illogical, but he omits that argument and instead delivers its exact antithesis. In this case, I like to flip around as I look for usage of various words. Oxford University Press, p. Thanks for telling us about the problem. July 28, in ericcEnglishgrammarlanguagelogUncategorizedverbingwords Tags: An updated list of vogue words includes such entries as “backlash,” “crash,” and “syndrome.

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Timothy rated it it was amazing Jun 27, eic I love it’s breezy style — so rare in this type of book. What are neologisms, disguised conjunctions, and fused participles?

Currently, I’m working on models for acquiring phonology and other constraint-based aspects of cognition. I have a very old copy of this book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The first edition of this book was published in abusahe became a classic reference on the use of the English language.

Somehow, this was enough to garner a favorable mention in the Wall Street Journal. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Very amusing but highly informative.


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Obviously a lot of my vocabulary has developed and grown from my love of books, and a love of classics in particular has left me a familiarity with words and phrases that give me This is my favourite book to refer to when musing over the slow death of the English language. Ericc Subscription If you like email and you like grammar, feel free to subscribe to Motivated Grammar by email.

Bruce Adam rated it really liked it Jul 29, Some of my recent work uses Twitter to map dialect regions in the United States. I am ever so glad I found this old version. A History of the United States. Share your thoughts with other customers. Refresh and try again. I am not the sort of person who receives an inordinate number of invitations, likely due in no small part to my propensity to swing conversational topics away from things like popular movies or good books and over to the specifics of the language by which one talks about such things.

I have to be able to flip back and forth as I read one.