Praise for previous editions:
"Really, really good... Thorough and timely and solid... Bryan Garner is a genius."
--David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster
"This is a thorough tour of the language-a major reference work-offering humane instruction in diction, idiom, sentence structure, and much else."
--Wall Street Journal
"Any writing guide published today must compete with the work of Bryan Garner, whose Dictionary of Modern American Usage set a new standard."
--Los Angeles Times
"Thorough, revered, authoritative, and altogether extraordinary."
-Gary Lutz & Diane Stevenson, The Writer's Digest Desk Reference
"Garner knows his stuff, and he's one of the least stuffy grammarians around."
"Authoritative and indispensable."
--John R. Trimble, Writing with Style
"A magisterial work for language lovers."
--Arthur Plotnik, Spunk & Bite
"Garner, in this latest update, combines solid erudition, lucid explanations, and sharp, crisp, witty prose. It's a can't-do-without reference book. You can just pick it up, open to any page, and start reading for guiltless pleasure."
--San Diego Union-Tribune
"The one indispensable book on language published in 2016 is the fourth edition of Garner's Modern English Usage... Mr. Garner writes with zest and clarity, and although he is an excellent chronicler (how has the language been used?), he is a reliable counselor as well (how should it be used?). Mr. Garner's guide now exceeds 1,000 pages and includes arrays of real-life example sentences, all duly cited. It is in many ways an atlas of the English language." --The Wall Street Journal
"The best qualities of Garner's book are the inclusion of empirical data, including the language-change index rankings and Google's ngram data. Also, the extensive use of quotations throughout the entries is especially helpful to illustrate his points." --
About the Author
Bryan A. Garner has been recognized as a pioneer across a wide range of fields, including English usage, grammar, jurisprudence, legal advocacy, legislative drafting, transactional drafting, legal ethics, and legal lexicography. He has written more than 25 books, many of them award-winning, including The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation; Garner on Language and Writing; Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts and Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (both with Justice Antonin Scalia); Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage; Legal Writing in Plain English; The Elements of Legal Style; The Winning Brief; and Ethical Communications for Lawyers. As editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary, he has re-researched and rewritten that book over the past four editions while becoming one of the most widely cited legal writers in the world. He is Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University and president of LawProse Inc.