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The Dimwit's Dictionary, 3rd Edition Paperback – September 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1933338989 ISBN-10: 1933338989 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC; 3rd edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933338989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933338989
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Readers will cheer his trouncing of cliche, redundancy, and windy generality."  —Dallas Morning News


"If you want to create fat-free sentences and paragraphs, you will pay heed to Robert Hartwell Fiske's advice."  Richard Lederer, author, Anguished English


"Robert Hartwell Fiske adheres admirably to rules that are practical, that facilitate understanding through logic and lucidity, or even just by a sense of decorum that makes speech more communicative and writing more elegant."  —John Simon, New York Magazine



"Fiske shows how to make the turgid crisp."  —William Safire, New York Times

About the Author

 
Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review (vocabula.com), a monthly online journal about the English language. He also publishes Robert Hartwell Fiske's Disagreeable English, a bimonthly bulletin of misused, misspelled, and mispronounced English. He is the author of The Dictionary of Unendurable English; The Dictionary of Concise Writing, Third Edition; The Best Words; 101 Elegant Paragraphs; and other books.

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Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review (www.vocabula.com), since 1999 an online journal about the English language. He also publishes The Daily Vocabula, a free M-F email that offers sections on disagreeable English, elegant English, concise writing, and scarcely used words.

He is the author of:

* The Dictionary of Unendurable English (Scribner)
* To the Point: The Dictionary of Concise Writing (W. W. Norton)
* Elegant English (Vocabula Books)


He is the owner of Vocabula Communications Company (www.vocabula.com/VCC.asp), which consists of The Vocabula Review, The Daily Vocabula, Vocabula Books, and Language Guardian.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Jones on May 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Tagline for the book is More than 5000 overused words and phrases and alternatives to them. This in a nutshell is what the book does. But please do not be fooled into thinking this book is simple or would not be useful. It is a pure nugget amongst many books for writers.

The book is divided into two parts:

Part 1 - gives examples of the hackneyed phrases which have slipped into everyday English. It then goes on to explain why these are tired and outdated. It then goes on to talk about the different forms of English - uneducated, everyday and elegant - and how these can be improved.

Part 2 - The bulk of the book is given over to this. This is where the 5000 words and phrases come in. These are provided in alphabetical order for easy reference. It is a simple matter to look up a phrase and the suggestions for words which could replace it. I am going to open up the book at random and give an example:

Feeling his oats - This is classed as a moribund metaphor. Suggested replacements - exuberant, frisky, lively peppy, vigorous, vivacious

The appendix at the end gives the top 20 Dimwiticism's (overused phrases) in the presses of the world. This is a real eye opener (that's not classed as a dimwiticism in the book: and is also a bit of fun.

So all in all an excellent resource for any writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book after coming across it when searching the term "in spite of, or perhaps because of," which is possibly my least favorite phrase in the language.

I haven't read through the entire thing, yet, but I have read enough that when my wife says things to me like "there's no such thing as never" I point out that she is saying a dimwiticism.

I'll tell you this much: I may recognize a dimwiticism when I hear one, but calling my wife a dimwit? That's dimwitted!
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I had a hard copy of this book and recently added it to my Kindle for what I thought would be greater convenience. Unfortunately, that's not so. The Kindle edition lacks a proper Table of Contents. Each alphabet needs an individual section and there are none. Consequently, to find a phrase or word in the book I have to search throughout to find what I'm looking for. The publisher needs to format the book correctly, as a dictionary, with individual sections for each alphabet. When that is done I'll give the book five stars. Without that feature it's just a pain in the derriere (foreign word, as classified in the DD)
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