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By Bill Bryson

ISBN-10: 076792911X

ISBN-13: 9780767929110

From considered one of America's such a lot loved and bestselling authors, a perfectly precious and readable advisor to the issues of the English language most ordinarily encountered via editors and writers.

What is the variation among “immanent” and “imminent”? what's the singular kind of graffiti? what's the distinction among “acute” and “chronic”? what's the former identify of “Moldova”? what's the distinction among a cardinal quantity and an ordinal quantity? one of many English language's such a lot expert writers solutions those and lots of different questions and publications us all towards unique, mistake-free utilization. masking spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and overseas names and words, Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors could be an fundamental spouse for all who care adequate approximately our language to not maul, misuse, or contort it.

This dictionary is a necessary advisor to the splendidly disordered factor that's the English language. As invoice Bryson notes, it is going to offer you “the solutions to all these issues of written utilization that you just type of be aware of or should be aware of yet can’t fairly remember.”

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The main expressions are breach of faith (or promise), breech delivery, breeches buoy, breechcloth, and breech-loading gun. Breakspear, Nicolas. (c. 1100–1159) Pope Adrian IV. Brest-Litovsk, Treaty of. (1918) Treaty that ended Russian involvement in World War I. Bretagne. French for Brittany. Bretton Woods. Mountain resort in New Hampshire, site of 1944 conference that led to the establishment of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Breuer, Marcel. (1902–1981) Hungarian-born American architect and designer.

Armadillos. Armageddon. armament. armature. aroma applies only to agreeable smells; there is no such thing as a bad aroma. Aroostook River, Maine and New Brunswick. Arran, Isle of, Scotland. See also aran island. arrière-pensée. ) Ulterior motive, mental reservation. arrivederci. ) Goodbye. arriviste. Disagreeably ambitious person. Arrol-Johnston. British automobile of early 1900s. arrondissement. Principal division of French departments and some larger cities. Arrows of the Chace, not Chase, by John Ruskin.

Horse. A breed of saddle horse. apparatchik. Party functionary, especially of the Communist Party. apparel. apparition. appellant, appellate. appendices, appendixes. Either is correct. applicator. appoggiatura. In music, an accented nonharmonized note that pre- cedes a harmonized note. Appomattox, Virginia; where the Confederacy surrendered to the Union to end the Civil War (April 9, 1865). appraise, apprise. Appraise means to assess or evaluate. Apprise means to inform. An insurance assessor appraises damage and apprises owners.

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