What's an alibi, a bete noire, a celibate, a dilemma? Should underway be two words? Is the word meretricious worth using at all? How do you spell realise? With an s or a z? And should bete be bete? Should you split infinitives, end sentences with prepositions, start them with conjunctions? What about four-letter words, euphemisms, foreign words, Americanisms, cliches, slang, jargon? And does the Queen speak the Queen's English? Quite Literally answers questions like these, and more. It's a guide to English usage for readers and writers, professional and amateur, established and aspiring, and for anyone who's ever been agitated about apostrophes or distressed by dangling modifiers. It concentrates on writing rather than speech. But the advice given on how to use words in writing can usually be applied to formal speech - what is carefully considered, broadcast, presented, scripted or prepared for delivery to a public audience - as opposed to informal, colloquial speech.Problem Words and how to Use Them Wynford Hicks. but ending a sentence with a preposition is not bad grammar: this is not something to worry about. prescribe, proscribe to ... preternatural/ly is literary for abnormal/ly. prevalence see incidence, prevalence prevaricate, procrastinate prevaricate (evade the truth) 176.
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