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The Careful Writer ➥ [Ebook] ➠ The Careful Writer By Theodore M. Bernstein ➯ – The definitive writers’ handbook of alphabetized entries that provides answers to uestions of use meaning grammar punctuation precision logical structure and color The Careful Writer is a concise ye The definitive writers’ handbook of alphabetized entries that provides answers to uestions of use meaning grammar punctuation precision logical structure and color The Careful Writer is a concise yet thorough handbook covering in than alphabetized entries the problems that give or should give writers pause before they set words to paper It is perhaps the liveliest and most entertaining reference work The Careful PDF or for writers of our time—delighting while it instructs and amusing even as it scolds and cajoles the reader into skillful persuasive and vivid writing The Careful Writer Mr Bernstein’s major work on usage is an indispensible desk reference and a perennial source of continuing reading pleasure.

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  1. Jacqui Jacqui says:

    Theodore Bernstein's fifty year old 512 page The Careful Writer A Modern Guide to English Usage the Free Press 1963 and its than 2000 problem solving entries has some of the best tips you'll need if you're serious about becoming a writer Bernstein former consulting editor of the New York Times wroteco wrote seven books on writing but this one in my estimation is his best The font styles are old; the archaic structure of its syntax at times made me chuckle; and the topic is as appealing as banana juice though I understand our Army boys in Kuwait love it they can't keep it stocked but it has stood the test of time and writers should consider it a must have for their reference library Where else will you go with a uestion like Is 'none' singular or plural? It doesn't hurt that Bernstein schools us readers with a dry sense of humor making the medicine palatableA little about Theodore Bernstein November 17 1904 – June 1979 He was an assistant managing editor of The New York Times and from 1925 to 1950 a professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism When he died Time Magazine wrote an obit bio on him that read like thisBack in the old days a brilliant editor of The New York Times named Theodore M Bernstein was also a professor at Columbia J School After he died in 1979 Time Magazine noted “Theodore M Bernstein 74served as the paper‘s prose polisher and syntax surgeon for almost five decades authoring seven popular texts on English usage and journalismIn a witty Times house organ called ‘Winners and Sinners’ the shirtsleeves vigilante caught solecists in the act”Bernstein would have objected to their neologistic use of 'author' as a verb Today no one would even noticeBesides covering basic good grammar Bernstein addresses the idiomatic words that are difficult to classify and covers them with the same rigor as he does the traditional wordsHere are some of his best tips accident vs mishap 'accident' is an undesigned occurrence 'Mishap' is an unfortunate happening amid vs amidst Americans prefer 'amid'; Brits prefer 'amidst' can vs may use 'can' for ability or power to do something 'may' for permission to do it elder vs older 'older' compares old things whereas 'elder' compares people he has lots of slang type of phrases guild the lilly likes of pinch hitter which he terms a 'weary cliche' some of which have since 1963 become mainstream American English is nothing if not adaptive hanker takes the preposition 'after' or 'for' hara kiri the correct word for the popular term 'hari kari' and not a correct substitute for the Japanese ritual suicide seppuku how come out of place in good writing and not legitimized because Shakespeare used the term 'how chance' incidental takes preposition to or upon libel vs slander 'slander' is oral defamation while 'libel' is defamation by any other means like vs as Bernstein takes three pages filled with humorous examples to explain the use of these two words madam vs madame one is a married woman; the other the keeper of a bawdy house may vs might 'may' is present tense; 'might' is past tense who knew that? mixaphor when a writer mixes his metaphors I love this pupil vs student those who attend elementary schools are 'pupils'; those who attend higher institutions of learning are 'students' again who knew? In this case probably of a history lesson than followed sensual vs sensuous 'sensual' applies to gratification of the animal sense with overtones of lewdness; 'sensuous' applies to enjoyment produced by appeal to the senses though vs although mean the same with two exceptions 1 only 'though' can be used in idioms like 'as though' and 2 only 'though' can be used adverbially in a final positionIf you are in a position where you must really must be accurate in your grammatical decisions there is no better authoritative source than Bernstein Others may have an educated opinion but Bernstein is the trump card

  2. Robert Robert says:

    Toss out that useless Strunk and White and pick this up It's not exactly the Chicago Manual of Style but it helps with a lot of tricky choices about what is proper style And it's amusing

  3. Michael Michael says:

    My book is hardbound published by Atheneum in 1967I have had this in my library of reference works for some time and finally decided to read it straight through I am evaluating the need for many of my library books when such material is so readily available on lineBernstein is a supple writer using humor to keep the proceedings too dry He uses many apt uotations usually from newspapers to illustrate poorly chosen particular words or phrases that inhibit clarity Newspapers and today on line news sources are always being written under strict deadlines and are subject to condensed headlines and general writing The author would have much to discuss regarding current fad words and relaxed writing standardsI am a life long serious reader but do not get involved much with technical grammar But Bernstein's book is mainly concerned with usage and urges writers to always seek clarity I found his examples and explanations usefulThe book is in need of revision since so much news coverage has changed and become less formal since this book was published

  4. BookBec BookBec says:

    Parts have aged well while others are dated Bernstein hoped for arcking to catch on in place of arcing as one example Nope On the plus side I did appreciate his notes on which prepositions belong with certain words Overall though I find reading an A Z writer's guide to be a horribly dry experience After I noted some out of date advice in the first 50 pages or so I had only enough interest to skim the rest of the book

  5. Jim Robles Jim Robles says:

    I loved this The language changes and this is a great record of usage at the time

  6. Michael Bruno Michael Bruno says:

    It's not the most exciting book I've ever come across but it contains sorely needed rules about grammar and idiom that any writers worth their salt ought to adhere to

  7. ♥ Ibrahim ♥ ♥ Ibrahim ♥ says:

    We need a much modern version of this book that patiently explains with examples and keeps in mind the modern technology Internet etc It seemed too brief of a dictionary for me Style changes with time and this is the second millennium

  8. Beth Beth says:

    Useful and droll in roughly eual parts

  9. Marc Marc says:

    Page to page and back and through again

  10. Marla Marla says:

    college and after the best

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