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For years Richard Lederer has entertained fans of the English language with his keen insights, commonsense advice, and witty patter. Now Lederer and Richard Dowis take readers on another journey through our most "wiggy" of languages. How many times have we all heard the word "viable" used in company meetings? The authors show us how "viable" was at one time extracted from medical books, where it is actually defined as "capable of living," and placed into our consumer marketplace. Then there is confusion between "lay" and "lie," which the authors clear up once and for all. These and dozens of delightful examples make this book pure pleasure for language buffs, writers, and teachers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312263942
ISBN-10: 0312263945
Format: Paperback / softback
(213mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: St. Martin's Griffin
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Lederer

Richard Lederer is the author of a shelf of books on language and grammar, including, most recently, "The Bride of Anguished English. "He cohosts weekly radio program on NPR in San Diego, and speaks throughout the country. He lives in San Diego, California.Richard Dowis is president for the Society of the Preservation of English Language and Literature. He is author of "The Lost Art of the Great Speech "and, with Richard Lederer, the coauthor of "The Write Way. "He lives in Waleska, Georgia.

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