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Your Own Words - Barbara Wallraff

Paperback Published: 9th March 2005
ISBN: 9781582432830
Number Of Pages: 292

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As the author of the Word Court columns that appear in The Atlantic Monthly, Barbara Wallraff is one of America's most widely read and beloved writers on language. Now, in Your Own Words, Wallraff guides the reader through a variety of intriguing questions about English-and simultaneously explains how you, too, can be a language expert.On one level, Your Own Words is about dictionaries, stylebooks, usage manuals, visual dictionaries, thesauri, writing guides, and the Internet: the strengths and weaknesses of these and other language- reference sources, where the sources disagree, and the ways in which even educated people misunderstand them. On a deeper level, however, Your Own Words is about how to make good form your own-to reach your own conclusions and develop a style that expresses you at your best.Illuminated throughout with anecdotes and selections from the Word Court columns, Your Own Words accomplishes what very few books on usage even attempt: It shows everyone with an interest in words-amateur, professional, student, or graduate -how to think about what goes into good style.

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"Clever, tart, and a bit sly, Barbara Wallraff is the ideal guide for those who wish to say exactly what they mean."

My own wordsp. 1
Secrets dictionaries knowp. 11
Getting the answers you wantp. 53
The infinite resourcep. 77
The kind of style you can buyp. 105
Read the manualp. 123
Special-purpose toolsp. 163
Do it yourselfp. 197
Your own wordsp. 253
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781582432830
ISBN-10: 158243283X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 9th March 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 14.22  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition