Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English

Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English

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Which is preferred-nom de plume, pseudonym, or pen name? What are neologisms, disguised conjunctions, and fused participles? More generally, where does usage end and abusage begin? Language enters into almost every part of human life and yet it is all-too-often misused: directness and clarity disappear in a whirl of cliches, euphemisms, and wooliness of expression.

Usage and Abusage, like Eric Partridge's other highly regarded books on the English Language, is a classic that has stood up well to the passage of time. But language does evolve over the years, and new problems (such as the use of "hopefully") and current topics (such as 'sexism") have engendered a whole new vocabulary, which cannot be omitted from any book discussing the English of the 1990s.