Plain Words

Author: Rebecca Gowers,Ernest Gowers

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241960355

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 6550

'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: 3906

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: 1509

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: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191649120

Category: Reference

Page: 320

View: 1542

Plain English is the art of writing clearly, concisely, and in a way that precisely communicates your message to your intended audience. This book offers 25 practical guidelines helping you to improve your vocabulary, style, grammar, and layout to achieve clear writing. It gives expert advice on all aspects of the writing process: from avoiding jargon and legalese, to organizing written information in print and online. It also shows you how it's done with hundreds of real examples, including 'before' and 'after' versions. All this is presented in an authoritative and engaging way. Completely revised and updated, this essential reference work is now even more useful: the word lists have been expanded; a new list of clichéd and troublesome words to avoid has been added; and examples of real-life stories have been replaced with more recent ones. An improved design gives the book a fresh feel.

Linguistic Meaning (RLE Linguistics A: General Linguistics)

Author: Keith Allan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134742517

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 824

View: 9328

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.

Woe Is I

The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Fourth Edition)

Author: Patricia T. O'Conner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525533060

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 6635

A revised and updated edition of the iconic grammar guide for the 21st century. In this expanded and updated edition of Woe Is I, former editor at The New York Times Book Review Patricia T. O'Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles with the same insight and humor that have charmed and enlightened readers of previous editions for years. With fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage, O'Conner offers in Woe Is I down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the language mysteries that bedevil all of us. "Books about English grammar and usage are... never content with the status quo," O'Conner writes. "That's because English is not a stay-put language. It's always changing--expanding here, shrinking there, trying on new things, casting off old ones... Time doesn't stand still and neither does language." In this fourth edition, O'Conner explains how the usage of an array of words has evolved. For example, the once-shunned "they," "them," and "their" for an unknown somebody is now acceptable. And the battle between "who" and "whom" has just about been won, O'Conner says (hint: It wasn't by "whom"). Then there's the use of "taller than me" in simple comparisons, instead of the ramrod-stiff "taller than I." "May" and "might," "use to" and "used to," abbreviations that use periods and those that don't, and the evolving definition of "unique" are all explained here by O'Conner. The result is an engaging, up-to-date and jargon-free guide to every reader's questions about grammar, style, and usage for the 21st century.

The Stories of English

Author: David Crystal

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141900709

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 592

View: 5436

When and why did 'thou' disappear from Standard English? Would a Victorian Cockney have said 'observation' or 'hobservation'? Was Jane Austen making a mistake when she wrote 'Jenny and James are walked to Charmonth this afternoon'? This superbly well-informed - and also wonderfully entertaining - history of the English language answers all these questions, showing how the many strands of English (Standard English, dialect and slang among them) developed to create the richly-varied language of today.

The Writing of Geography

Author: Thomas Walter Freeman

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719004544

Category: Geography

Page: 91

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Plain English handbook

a complete guide to good English

Author: James Martyn Walsh,Anna Kathleen Walsh

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

View: 3734

A handbook of rules for English usage and 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: 3807

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

The Newspapers Handbook

Author: Richard Keeble

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134726422

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 1424

The Newspapers Handbook is the first comprehensive guide to the job of the newspaper reporter. It offers advice on a range of different types of newspaper writing, looks at how newspapers cover events and shows how reporting styles can differ in mainstream and non-mainstream newspapers. In this new edition, Richard Keeble explores the theoretical, moral and political dimensions of a journalist's job and examines changing newspaper ownership structures and recent ethical controversies.

Righting English That's Gone Dutch

Author: Joy Burrough-Boenisch

Publisher: Kemper Conseil Publishing

ISBN: 9789076542089

Category:

Page: 166

View: 7161

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: 3881

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.

The Plain English Approach to Business Writing

Author: Edward P. Bailey Jr.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199746273

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

View: 901

In offices across America, the Masters of Gobbledygook are hard at work. They're bombarding in-boxes with those long, confusing memos that colleagues don't have the patience to read--and bosses don't have the time to rewrite. They use words like "commence" or "prior to" instead of "begin" or "before." They bury their main point somewhere in the last paragraph--and take two pages to get there. Everybody knows one of them; in fact, you may even be one of them. But now there's help for anyone who's ever fallen prey to businessese, academese, legalese, or any other "ese" when faced with a blank memo pad. In The Plain English Approach to Business Writing, Edward Bailey--who spent twenty years working in the bastions of bureaucratese--offers readers a powerful new communications tool. Written for busy professionals who want to improve the quality and clarity of their own (or their staff's) writing style, this no-nonsense guide is an indispensable office companion. Bailey's approach is 5urprisingly straightforward: just write as you would talk. Plain English is not only easier to read; it's also easier to write. And it's so effective that many large organizations are endorsing, if not demanding, its use in the work place. Pithy and entertaining, Bailey points out all the dos and don'ts of plain English. He then illustrates them with examples drawn from a wide array of sources, including business documents, technical manuals, trade publications like Consumer Reports, and the works of writers such as Russell Baker and John D. MacDonald. From the basics to the fine tuning, he offers practical advice on clarity and precision, organization, layout, and a host of other important writing topics. A delightful, down-to-earth guide, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing is for professionals of all backgrounds (government, military, legal, financial, technical, corporate) and staff at all levels (from the company CEO to the ambitious secretary). The Plain English Approach to Business Writing can be read in an hour--and used for the rest of one's life.

Poetics In Plain and Simple English

BookCaps Study Guide

Author: BookCaps

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1621072290

Category: Poetry

Page: N.A

View: 428

Aristotle's "Poetics" is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory--which is to say he was one of the first to identify and explain what poetry was. It's an important piece of work. But years of bad translations have almost made it unappreciated and inaccessible. BookCaps new translation on Aristotle's classic work explains it in a way that anyone can understand: Plain and Simple English! If you’ve always been interested in Aristotle, but always been afraid to actually read him, then now is the time to put those fears away! We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English

An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation

Author: Henepola Gunaratana

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861719956

Category: Religion

Page: 200

View: 9991

“A straightforward and pragmatic guide to deepening levels of concentration and insight. This book is a joy to read and a great gift to us all.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness Countless people worldlwide have made Mindfulness in Plain English a beloved and bestselling classic in almost a dozen languages. Now after nearly two decades, Bhante helps meditators of every stripe take their mindfulness practice to the next level - helping them go, in a word, beyond mindfulness. In the same warm, clear, and friendly voice, Bhante introduces the reader to what have been known for centuries as the "jhanas" - deeply calm, joyous, and powerful states of meditation that, when explored with the clearly presented tools in this book, can lead to a life of insight and unshakeable peace.

Promoting Health: A Practical Guide - E-Book

Forewords: Linda Ewles & Ina Simnett; Richard Parish

Author: Angela Scriven

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702044393

Category: Medical

Page: 272

View: 6230

This title is now out of print. A new version with e-book is available under ISBN 9780702044564. Promoting Health is a seminal text that has been used in the training and education of health promoters over the last 25 years and has shaped health promotion practice in the UK. This 6th edition has undergone significant revision by a new author, Angela Scriven, a leading academic widely published in the health-promotion field, bringing it up to date with current practice. The text provides an accessible practical guide for all those involved in health promotion. Concerned with the what, why, who and how of health promotion, it is invaluable to students of the discipline. Fully updated to meet the needs of today’s public health practitioners Case studies and exercises enable application of ideas Provides practice and guidance on report writing, running meetings and working with the media and influencing policy Discusses working with groups and networks, as well as individual clients User-friendly, interactive style New, contemporary format