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Dreyer's English : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

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Dreyer's English : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "An essential (and delightful )"* guide to writing from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading language gurus--in the tradition of The Elements of Style * People (Book of the Week) We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help. As Random House's copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike--not to mention his followers on social media--for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward. As authoritative as it is amusing, Dreyer's English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and n...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "An essential (and delightful )"* guide to writing from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading language gurus--in the tradition of The Elements of Style * People (Book of the Week) We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help. As Random House's copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike--not to mention his followers on social media--for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward. As authoritative as it is amusing, Dreyer's English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and n... NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An essential (and delightful!)”* guide to writing from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus—in the tradition of The Elements of Style

*People (Book of the Week)

We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.

As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

As authoritative as it is amusing, Dreyer’s English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s OK to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including “very,” “rather,” “of course,” and the dreaded “actually.” Dreyer will let you know whether “alright” is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling—though, as he notes, “The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.”

And yes: “Only godless savages eschew the series comma.”

Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.

Praise for Dreyer’s English

“Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of Dreyer’s English.” The Wall Street Journal

“Destined to become a classic.” The Millions

“Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He’ll entertain you while he’s at it.” Newsday (What to Read This Week)

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Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Benjamin Dreyer
ISBN-13
9780812995701
Publication Date
January, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.53 x 5.84 x 1.02 Inches
ISBN-10
0812995708
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This is the perfect compa

This is the perfect companion to Lynn Truss's Eats Shoots & Leaves - and even wittier. It's overflowing with opportunities to learn about our American written communication (with a bunch of amusing comparisons to how Brits do it) and even about obscure parts of speech (retronym, contronym, cacography, reduplication) and words (Brundlefly). Everyone who loves to read should cherish it and keep it close. My only quibble: footnotes on almost every page - Dreyer's too fond of them - and the asterisks designating them in the text, in most cases, are too tiny to find. Or I need new reading glasses. Quote: "First challenge is to go a week without writing these words: very, rather, really, quite, in fact, of course, surely, that said. And "actually"? Feel free to go the rest of your life without another "actually"".

Reasonably exhaustive gui

Reasonably exhaustive guide to correct written American English. The author's wry commentary grows tiring after a while, but all fairness this isn't a book designed to be read cover-to-cover. It's a reference book, and a good one at that.

Thoroughly enjoyable pers

Thoroughly enjoyable perspectives from an expert copyeditor on what makes writing stronger. He's opinionated for sure! Some of the humor gets a bit old, but overall, it keeps things entertaining. And I may not remember much of what he says to avoid or watch out for, but hopefully some things will ring alarm bells when I come across it in my own work as a copyeditor and remind me to come back to this book to check. One of my favorite chapters is the one that lists sets of words that are redundant. It's available online so I recommend that everyone read that at the very least. Now if only there were a similar book for UK English...!

English is a wonderful, e

English is a wonderful, expressive language, but can also be very tricky. That is both the fun and the torture of turning out good prose that will enlighten, inform, and entertain in the way intended, and in that pursuit, a good copy editor is essential. Benjamin Dreyer has been the copy chief at Random House for more than twenty years. This book is, mostly, a lively chat about copyediting, the traps that await, making the book the best version of what the author intends, the importance of respecting the author's style even when some aspects of it are maybe technically wrong as long as it will be clear to the reader. Oh, and the importance of doing so diplomatically. I listened to the audiobook, and Dreyer is an excellent reader of his own work, as well as a very good writer. He has wit and humor and a sense of the ironic. Alison Fraser reader's quotes and excerpts used to illustrate points, and is also very good. However, there are also a few sections that I think I would have preferred to read, no listen to. These are lists of names often misspelled, words often misspelled, expressions often misused, misspelled, or which have wrong words substituted. His commentary on this is well-done and entertaining, but they are still lists of words and phrases accompanied by that great commentary. Because of that, I recommend reading, not listening to, this book. But very definitely recommended, in whichever format you choose. I borrowed this audiobook from my local library.
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