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The Complete Plain Words

The Complete Plain Words - Ernest Gowers, Sidney Greenbaum, Janet Whitcut - Régikönyvek
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The Complete Plain Words is the essential guide for anyone who needs to express themselves clearly, fluently and accurately in writing. Whether you are working on a paper or on a computer, this invaluable reference work will lead you through the intricacies, problems and pleasures of the English language with wit, common sense and authority.

Sorozatcím:
Pelican Books
Kiadó:
Penguin Books
Kiadás éve:
1975
Kiadás helye:
Harmondsworth
Nyomda:
Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd.
ISBN:
9780140205541
Kötés típusa:
ragasztott papír
Terjedelem:
332
Nyelv:
angol
Méret:
Szélesség: 11.00cm, Magasság: 18.00cm
Kategória:
PREFACE 7

1. PROLOGUE 14
Do you know, say and convey what you mean?
Using the right words is all-irnportant
2. A PRELIMTNARY DIGRESSION 23
The scope of this book does not extend to Legal English. 'Expert
to Expert', Departmental Shorthand, or the Spoken Word
3. THE ELEMENTS 27
Think for others rather than for yourself
How to draft a letter
Three fundamental precepts: Be simple, be short, be human
4. CORRECTNESS 41
A fourth precept : Be correct
Discipline in official wríting
Efforts to prcserve pure English: vain resistance to new words
and new meanings
The duty of the &field
Incorrect words and phrases
5. THE CHOICE OF WORDS: INTRODUCTORY 68
Ready and precise meaning
Causes of the converse: examples and remcdies
Use few, familiar, and precise words
6. THE CHOICE OF WORDS: AVOIDING THE
SUPERFLUOUS WORD 81
Some types of verbosity
Padding
7. THE CHOICE OF WORDS: CHOOSING THE
FAMILIAR WORD 104
Types of failure
Jargon and legal language
Foreign words and phrases
Metaphors and other showy words


8. THE CHOICE OF WORDS : CHOOSING THE
PRECISE WORD 132
Lure of the abstract word
The headline phrasc
Clichés and overworked words
9. THE HANDLING OF WORDS 159
Grammar, syntax and idiom, their nature and importance
Troubles with various paris of speech
Some points of idiom
Some common causes of confused expression
A few points of spelling
10. PUNCTUATION 238
Write so as to be clear with a minimum of stops, and use-stops for
clarity
Right and wrong use of the various stops, etc.: Apostrophe,
Capitals, Colon, Comma, Dash, Full stop, Hyphen, !nyerted
commas, Paragraphs, Parentheses, Question marks, Semicolon,
Sentences
11. SOME RECENT TRENDS 265
The trend towards informality
Thc influence of America
The influence of science and technology: nuclear energy. space
travel, computers, economics, sociology, business and personnel
management
Vogue words
Modish writing
12. SOME SELECTED PASSAGES 288
Six specimen critica_,y examined
One superb and one abysmal specimen
13. A CONCLUDING MISCELLANY 305
For amusement only: Thc boiled baby, The roosting cow, 'That's
not what I m‘2ant The buzz-phrase generator
The satisfied customer
Physician, heal thyself
14. EPILOGUE 313
It is especially important that official writing should be good
The language is not in dccay
BIBLIOGRAPHY 318
INDEX 321


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