Re: Reference books

Subject: Re: Reference books
From: John Lee Bumgarner <jbumgarner -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 1994 09:49:52 EST

In response to Howard Kaikow <kaikow -at- STANDARDS -dot- COM> 8 Dec. 1994:

I have this nifty book called American Usage and Style: The Consensus
by Roy Copperud (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1980). Yes,
it's old, but he looks at the major American dictionaries and discusses
what each one says about certain word usages. He also discusses American
and British differences, where pertinent. I don't know if he has a later
one, but I call on the 1980 version frequently. If I have qualms about
what he says, I check in another book (say by Safire, Shertzer, Hopper,
or Gordon) or I go to a prescriptive dictionary.
Hope this helps (Sorry if I am late to the discussion, I am on digest.)
Lee B.

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