Each week since October 2019 I’ve been posting ‘reviews’ of books on my shelves that deal with the English language, its use, and the opportunities to find and employ different words to express yourself in speech and/or writing. The complete list of books is listed below with link to each specific post.
English is a complex language, consisting of words from many countries. It borrows rules of grammar, punctuation and even style from the originating lands, which can make it interestingly familiar to learners but also frequently frustratingly baffling to those same students.
If you’re learning English as a language, you’ll find help on pronunciation here. And there’s a friendly group on Facebook you can access through this link.
For those with a real interest in English and considering their future career, here’s a link suggesting the many possible opportunities open to anyone with a degree in the subject. It’s also a link to an online university, and therefore an advert for their services. I know nothing of the institution, but the list of possible career choices should be useful.
Posts in the series can be found by clicking on the titles below.
1. Introduction to the Series.
2. A Dictionary of Misunderstood Misused Mispronounced Words.
3. A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.
4. A Miscellany for Word Lovers.
5. AMERICAN ENGLISH ENGLISH AMERICAN.
6. A Dictionary of Rhyming Slang.
7. Brit-think, American-think.
8. Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors.
9. Collins English Dictionary.
10. Current English Usage.
11. Descriptionary; a Thematic Dictionary.
12. Divided by a Common Language.
13. Eats Shoots & Leaves.
14. English Prepositional Idioms.
15. Fowler’s Modern English Usage.
16. Hart’s Rules for Compositors and Readers.
17. Hartrampf’s Vocabulary Builder.
18. i before e (except after c).
19. Longman Companion to English Literature.
20. New Hart’s Rules.
21. New Nuttall Dictionary of English Synonyms and Antonyms.
22. Oxford Compact Thesaurus.
23. Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English.
24. Roget’s Thesaurus.
25. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
26. The Dictionary of Diseased English.
27. The Elements of Style.
28. The Emotion Thesaurus.
29. The Grouchy Grammarian.
30. The Last Word.
31. The Little Red Writing Book.
32. The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors.
33. The Oxford Manual of Style.
34. The Oxford Spelling Dictionary.
35. The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary.
36. The Slang Thesaurus.
37. The Synonym Finder.
38. Usage and Abusage.
39. The Writer’s Lexicon.
40. The Writer’s Lexicon Volume II.
41. The Writer’s Body Lexicon.
In addition, I have posted other series dealing with specific aspects of word choice. Links to these are below for your use in writing.
The Write Words? Dealing with metaphor, simile, and collective nouns.
The Write Word? Dealing with Synonyms, Antonyms, Contronyms, Adverbs, Clichés, Redundancies, Plain-Language Alternatives for Wordy Phrases, Untranslatable Emotions, and Words Often Misused.
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2 thoughts on “Finding the Write #Words? Last in the Series.”
Stuart, you have me smiling. Yes, English is rich as it added so many words over the time. When we studied English as very young I remember thinking that it was a language with more exceptions than rules. 😊.
On the other hand, if you got stuck on a word there was often another that would suit.
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Thank you, Miriam. I was born into the language, and in common with most of my fellow-countryfolk, I have no other languages under my belt (I can get by on holiday with some very basic French, Italian and Greek, as I’ve always felt it’s only polite to be able to pass the time of day with people in their own tongue). But I love Englsih for its broad and subtle facility with description, mood and tone. As a writer of fiction, I feel blessed to be using this amazing collection of words with their ability to conjour so much in the mind of the reader.
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