Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome WordsBook - 2002
"As a copy editor for The Times (London) in the early 1980s, Bill Bryson felt keenly the lack of an easy-to-consult, authoritative guide to avoiding the traps and snares in the English language, and so he brashly suggested to a publisher that he should write one. Surprisingly, the proposition was accepted, and for ""a sum of money carefully gauged not to cause embarrassment or feelings of overworth,"" he proceeded to write that book-his first, inaugurating his stellar career. Now two decades later, revised, updated, and thoroughly (but not overly) Americanized, it has become Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, more than ever an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is our mother tongue. With some one thousand entries, from ""a, an"" to ""zoom,"" which feature real-world examples of questionable usage from an international array of publications, and with a helpful glossary and guide to pronunciation, this precise, prescriptive, and-because it is written by Bill Bryson-often witty book belongs on the desk of every person who cares enough about the language not to maul or misuse or distort it."
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2002
Edition: Rev. ed. --
Characteristics: xiii, 241 p
Alternative Title: Dictionary of troublesome words