Plain words

a guide to the use of English

Author: Ernest Gowers,Sir Ernest Gowers

Publisher: N.A


Category: English language

Page: 94

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Plain Words

Author: Rebecca Gowers,Ernest Gowers

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241960355

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 2340

'Be short, be simple, be human.' When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English for the Civil Service. Within a year, however, its humour, charm and authority had made it a bestseller. Since then it has never been out of print. Six decades on, writer Rebecca Gowers has created a new edition of this now-classic work that both revises and celebrates her great-grandfather's original. Plain Words has been updated to reflect numerous changes in English usage, yet Sir Ernest's distinctive, witty voice is undimmed. And his message remains vital: our writing should be as clear and comprehensible as possible, avoiding superfluous words and clichés - from the jargon of 'commercialese' to the murky euphemisms of politicians. In a new preface, this edition draws on an extensive private archive, previously hidden away in family cupboards and attics, to tell the story behind a book that has become an institution: the essential guide to making yourself understood.

Horrible Words

A Guide to the Misuse of English

Author: Rebecca Gowers

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1846148529

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 5081

Nothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operationalisation. To purists these are 'howlers' and 'non-words', fit only for scorn. But in their rush to condemn such terms, are the naysayers missing something? In this provocative and hugely entertaining book, Rebecca Gowers throws light on a great array of horrible words, and shows how the diktats of the pedants are repeatedly based on misinformation, false reasoning and straight-up snobbery. The result is a brilliant work of history, a surreptitious introduction to linguistics, and a mischievous salute to the misusers of the language. It is also a bold manifesto asserting our common rights over English, even as it questions the true nature of style.

Managing Social Research

A Practical Guide

Author: Roger Tarling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134255535

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 2904

An essential tool for those planning to undertake social research, this exceptional book tackles many of the specific concerns and issues that arise. A well structured text, it offers a comprehensive introduction to a range of important areas in project management, including: commissioning research preparing a tender or grant application risk and stakeholder analysis managing the field work and data analysis financial management ethics, confidentiality and copyright. This book provides a unique source of guidance for anyone seeking to commission, manage or carry out social research. It will especially benefit researchers working in a variety of different contexts, including those in academia, central or local government, 'quangos', public bodies or private consulting companies.

Oxford Guide to Plain English

Author: Martin Cutts

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199669171

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 4332

Provides guidance on writing clearly and effectively, covering such topics as sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, and proofreading.

The Plain English Approach to Business Writing

Author: Edward P. Bailey

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0195115651

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 132

View: 4862

Entertaining and down-to-earth, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing shows busy professionals of all backgrounds--corporate, government, financial, legal--how to write clearly and effectively. It can be read in an hour, and used for the rest of one's life.

Standard written English

a guide

Author: Philip Gaskell

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 138

View: 5237

Standard Written Englishis a clear and concise guide to written English. Using numerous illustrative examples, it explains a form of the English language which is both distinct and common to the whole of the English-speaking world: Standard Written English. It will help your students to write English clearly and effectively. Standard Written Englishincludes a collection of fifty case studies in the practical use of language. The book demonstrates at a glance how to write Newspaper and Journal Articles Autobiography Literary Criticism Technical Reports Business Correspondence Standard Written English will help your students to Understand the elements of English including vocabulary, usage and grammar Recognise and avoid common mistakes Write effective formal English with confidence From the basic elements of the English language to the mechanics of formal writing, this book covers it all. Standard Written English is an essential resource for anyone who wishes to write in clear, plain English.

Linguistic Meaning (RLE Linguistics A: General Linguistics)

Author: Keith Allan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134742517

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 824

View: 8276

Dr Keith Allan presents a coherent, consistent and comprehensive account of linguistic meaning, centred around an informally presented theory of meaning. It is intended for graduate and undergraduate students of linguistics, or any linguist curious about what a theory of meaning should seek to accomplish and the way to achieve that aim. The work assumes that the primary task of a theory of linguistic meaning is to describe the meaning of speech acts. This in turn presupposes a theory of semantics and a theory of prosodic meaning, as well as a proper treatment of the co-operative principle, context and background information. These matters are dealt with in detail. The second task of a theory of linguistic meaning is to identify what meaning is, to explain the relationships between sense and denotation, and to explicate the nature of meaningful properties and meaning relations. These matters are fully covered, and the work concludes with a summary of the principle arguments presented.

Das Buch Mormon

Author: Joseph Smith

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5883931774

Category: History

Page: N.A

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In Defence of Plain English

The Decline and Fall of Literacy in Canada

Author: Victoria Branden

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 0888821433

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

View: 725

This indispensable guide to the English language defines bad English and how to use and write good English.

The Writing of Geography

Author: Thomas Walter Freeman

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719004544

Category: Geography

Page: 91

View: 5903

Das Leben und das Schreiben


Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641054001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 8393

„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

English Usage Guides

History, Advice, Attitudes

Author: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198808208

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 410

This volume explores both historical and current issues in English usage guides or style manuals. Guides of this sort have a long history: while Fowler's Modern English Usage (1926) is one of the best known, the first English usage guide was published in the UK in 1770, and the first in the US in 1847. Today, new titles come out nearly every year, while older works are revised and reissued. Remarkably, however, the kind of usage problems that have been addressed over the years are very much the same, and attitudes towards them are slow to change - but they do change. The chapters in this book look at how and why these guides are compiled, and by whom; what sort of advice they contain; how they differ from grammars and dictionaries; how attitudes to usage change; and why institutions such as the BBC need their own style guide. The volume will appeal not only to researchers and students in sociolinguistics, but also to general readers with an interest in questions of usage and prescriptivism, language professionals such as teachers and editors, and language policy makers.

The Complete Plain Words

Author: Ernest Gowers

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 9781567922035

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 9149

This classic guide to the intricacies of the English language provides clear, succinct explanations of such topics as jargon, spelling, punctuation, superfluous words, the overuse or misuse of words, sexist language and the ground rules of grammar.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism

Author: David I. Fulton, STD, JCD,Mary DeTurris Poust

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440636583

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 963

Operating instructions for being a Catholic. The Catechism is an amazing collection of Church teachings and rules that cover everything from the basics, like honoring God, to more unusual subjects, such as paying just wages and respecting animals. Perfect for students, lay teachers, Catholics, and readers of other faiths, this guide is the key to understanding the daily life of Catholics and gives readers an appreciation for what Catholics believe. ? Provides information and explanations without a conservative or liberal slant ? Co-author is a clergyperson expert on the teachings of the Catechism ? Companion volume to The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Understanding Catholicism, Third Edition

Plain Language in Plain English

Author: Cheryl Stephens


ISBN: 0557537878

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 7955

This book shows you how to write for customers and clients in language that’s easy to understand. It is a thorough companion to the writing process, with comprehensive guidance and advice on understanding your readers, planning and creating your text, and presenting your words in a good design.The contributor list reads like a who’s who of plain language experts. Plain Language in Plain English is a valuable resource for governments, businesses, service providers, and professionals in any field to improve their communication.From organizational guidelines, literacy awareness, and reader expectations, to effective speaking strategies for presentations, Plain Language in Plain English, is a comprehensive tool to have in your “communication toolbox.â€

Righting English That's Gone Dutch

Author: Joy Burrough-Boenisch

Publisher: Kemper Conseil Publishing

ISBN: 9789076542089


Page: 166

View: 3015

Handleiding voor het vermijden van 'Dunglish', de mengtaal die ontstaat als Nederlanders het Engels gebruiken volgens de regels van het Nederlands.

A Student's Guide to AS Music for the Edexcel Specification

Author: Paul Terry

Publisher: Rhinegold Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 0946890900

Category: Music

Page: 152

View: 4552

This guide to AS level music includes: ideas on how to integrate skills in understanding music with work in performing/composing; questions that students can use to check their understanding; summaries of the full specifications; and coverage of all the set works prescribed for the areas of study.