Mind the Gaffe!: A Troubleshooter's Guide to English Style and Usage

Mind the Gaffe A Troubleshooter s Guide to English Style and Usage A linguist with attitude R L Trask was a steadfast soldier in the never ending War of Words fighting the good fight for standard written English Revered for its insight and legendary for its cheek

  • Title: Mind the Gaffe!: A Troubleshooter's Guide to English Style and Usage
  • Author: R.L. Trask
  • ISBN: 9780061132209
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • A linguist with attitude, R L Trask was a steadfast soldier in the never ending War of Words, fighting the good fight for standard written English Revered for its insight and legendary for its cheek, Trask s Mind the Gaffe is an indispensable guidebook for wordsmiths and language mavens of every stripe, providing safe passage through the ubiquitous minefields of imprA linguist with attitude, R L Trask was a steadfast soldier in the never ending War of Words, fighting the good fight for standard written English Revered for its insight and legendary for its cheek, Trask s Mind the Gaffe is an indispensable guidebook for wordsmiths and language mavens of every stripe, providing safe passage through the ubiquitous minefields of improper usage.Artiste This pretentious word commonly means fraud pretending to be an artist Don t use it unless you mean to be insulting.Amoral, Immoral An amoral person is one who does not know the difference between right and wrong An immoral person knows the difference but does wrong anyway.Reaction A reaction is a sudden and spontaneous response to a stimulus, such as jumping, shrieking, or fainting The word is not properly used as a fancy word for any kind of considered response If you circulate a policy document, you can ask others for their opinions, or for their criticisms, but do not ask them for their reactions unless you hope to hear responses like I burst into uncontrollable laughter.

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    1. Splitting the infinitive is not a sin! Kudos to you, Mr. Trask. Mind the Gaffe spends an unusual amount of the book explaining the differences between British and American usage, and the work isn't comprehensive by any standard, it's consistently entertaining, and Trask isn't afraid to roundly contradict stubborn grammar pettifoggery. Worth a gander.

    2. This book is nothing more and nothing less than an interesting dive into the murky world of the English language and of grammar. Trask highlights a number of common mistakes that plague our society, and in this book he explains what makes them wrong and how to fix them.It’s an interesting enough read if you’re a linguist or if you love the English language, but this definitely isn’t for everyone – it digs pretty deep, and it’s not always easy to follow unless you’re familiar already [...]

    3. Mind the Gaffe is a humorous but useful look at common errors in English and the acceptable differences between American and British English (and sometimes other dialects too). The book is presented in alphabetical order and is very easy to use.The best part of the book though is Trask's comments on many of the entries. If a rule strikes him as odd, he'll note his feelings. If the rule doesn't have any sensible reason, he'll write: "the word is so spelled."As with every book I've read that compa [...]

    4. After reading this I'm embarrassed to even call myself a writer many subtle mistakes I've made without even realising! Although the tone of the author is a bit harsh in places (and even pretentious at times), it was a real eye-opener into English written styles. Recommended if you want to better your English skills.

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