By Robert Hartwell Fiske

ISBN-10: 1451651317

ISBN-13: 9781451651317

Robert Hartwell Fiske goals to do away with laxity in language this present day when it comes to this witty and fascinating reference.

Fiske rails opposed to "laxicographers and ding-a-linguists" who, with their inaccurate pondering, truly advertise the dissolution of the English language. He additionally illustrates why dictionaries do not continuously give you the right which means or utilization of a note. With concise guideline and various examples of misused phrases, Fiske makes it more straightforward than ever to benefit from others' blunders.

This entire dictionary of universal misusages lays naked the errors all of us make each day. Robert Hartwell Fiske, the grumbling grammarian of our time, exhibits you the definitive correct approach and other way to exploit language--and illustrates why dictionaries do not consistently give you the right which means or utilization of a be aware.

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Ado means trouble or bother; fuss. A duo is a duet, a pair, or two allied people or things. adjectify Misused for describe (or similar words). ” USE describe. com, then adjectify it with a nonsensical statement. USE define. • It also uses the term “community” to adjectify programs in justice as well, so that we have community corrections, community policing, etc. USE portray. As not every phrase can be reduced to a single word, so not every noun should be made into a verb. Adjectify—which apparently means to use as an adjective—sounds dreadful, falsely erudite, and its meaning is questionable in nearly every context.

Advice (ad-VIS)—opinion or counsel—is a noun; advise (ad-VIZ)—to offer opinion or counsel—a verb. SEE ALSO device. aerobic Misused for Arabic. ” USE Arabic. • Notes in a scale are identified using Aerobic numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 and the chords in a key use roman numbers I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VII. USE Arabic. • The medallions have changed from roman numerals to aerobic numerals. USE Arabic. Only people unfamiliar with both fitness and world affairs could possibly confuse aerobic with Arabic, but flabby xenophobes there are.

Lee admits he may have accidently passed secrets to other countries. USE accidentally. • Immediately smitten, Guido, who gets a job as a waiter, arranges to accidently bump into Dora over the next several days, but eventually realizes that she’s engaged—albeit unhappily—to a Fascist official. USE accidentally. • If a thrown ball accidently touches a base coach, or a pitched or thrown ball touches an umpire, the ball is alive and in play. USE accidentally. At least two well-known dictionaries do recognize the spelling accidently.

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