Re: Words That Are Often Misused

Subject: Re: Words That Are Often Misused
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 06:12:49 -0400

On Thu, 24 May 2012 22:30:15 -0400, Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- oracle -dot- com> wrote:

Nice round-up of 8 words that are often misused or misunderstood

Neat. For the very few of us who need to be reminded, there is also Paul Brians' indispensable book:

Note to the pedantic: I have used the plural possessive form for his name that Professor Brians himself chooses. Strunk and White would prefer "Brians's" but few others now agree. He says, "Some styles call for the extra S, some don't. I was forced by the publisher of my second book to follow this rule and I swore I would never do it again. I think it's ugly."

Gluttons for this sort of stuff easily fall prey to H. L. Mencken's work, "The American Language" and its two Supplements. It's now about 90 years old, the Supplements of course a bit younger, but totally engrossing.

Here's a Review of Supplement Two:

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