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Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English: A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers and linguists Paperback – November 1, 2011
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"Fiske, the language-obsessed creator of online journal The Vocabula Review, does not mince words. Nor shall I: His dictionary is one of the grumpiest, most self-righteous intellectual exercises I've ever had the genuine pleasure of reading." -- Mia Lipman, Shelfari
"[Fiske's] documentation of brand creep is fascinating: Reporters use non-words such as 'alleve' (a misspelled rendering of a commercial analgesic) when they mean to say 'relieve.' 'Abilify' -- an antidepressant -- has been perverted into a synonym for 'enable.'" -- Sheila Anne Feeney, Star-Ledger
"A helpful compendium for even the most literate among us, not to mention a refreshingly conservative addition to the increasingly liberal domain of dictionaries, ... [Fiske's book] is a confrontational work challenging the evermore yielding traditions within the discipline of lexicography." -- Christina Connolly, Library Journal
"Distinguishing between the many guides for writers and speakers of the English language may appear difficult at first glance, but on closer examination of bookstore and library shelves, one at least, Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English, is notable for the courage of its convictions." -- Mike Nichol, Daily Writing Tips
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Was the dictionary once your unimpeachable source? Did you know the OED now includes LOL and the "I heart you" symbol? Is this English? Are they necessary? How long will they need to be listed? Read Fiske's opinion and rating of our contemporary dictionaries.
Some years ago my dear old mom went into a tizzy when it was announced by some lofty source that the infinitive could be split ("to boldly go" as Star Trek would lamentably state). If you like she, value our unique, rich language and hope to sustain English eloquent, liberate yourself from the slang bullies, the betrayal of dictionaries, the coinage of the ghastly and read this book!
Thank you for this brilliant work, Mr. Fiske!
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Very good reference work for those interested in vocabulary and some of its peculiarities. Goes from A to Z, and you wish for more.Published on February 26, 2014 by John J. Hurt
don't know about anyone else, but i chuckle at some of the entries because of the dry wit. i had no idea that "anyways" isn't a real word.Published on February 21, 2013 by spturgon
Very informative book which should be read by every English-speaker. Astounding how badly we speak and most people don't care! Trashes many dictionaries.Published on December 23, 2011 by Gerry B