Mind the Gaffe

Mind the Gaffe

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Can anything be described as 'very real'? There are so many obstacles on the way to writing clear, precise ('accurate'?) English ('english'?) that it is a wonder ('wander'?) anyone ('any one' or 'anyone'?) can be understood. Fortunately, all those who have ever feared being shown up by using one of the twenty worst words and phrases to be avoided at all costs, or confusing the complex with the complicated, can now relax and even enjoy a trouble-shooting guide to good writing. Trask's wonderfully readable and authoritative book adjudicates on hundreds of contentious issues from politically correct language to whether to write 'napkin' or 'serviette'.I mention this because I recently encountered, in an essay on linguistics, the following sentence: Both usages are prevalent. For a reader who uses prevalent in its traditional sense, this is simply nonsensical. prevaricate The word prevaricateanbsp;...

Title:Mind the Gaffe
Author:R L Trask
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2003-01-30


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