by N E Renton AM
There is much interest in English usage these days. This is a book for writers, editors, teachers, students and the business community. As it is quite unlike other books in this genre it will also have a special appeal to all lovers of words. It complements Nick Renton's popular Compendium of Good Writing.
Part of the book deals with a number of serious issues of relevance to persons wishing to improve the quality of their writing. The rest of the book is in a lighter vein.
Several valuable summaries deal with many common errors of grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage. In the course of seven pages these cover about 90 per cent of today's problem areas.
Other topics discussed range from plain English to gobbledegook, from online translations to Basic English, and from gender neutral language to Australian metaphors. Also presented are a number of curiosities of the English language and assorted linguistic lists - some useful, others just tongue-in-cheek. The question of just how many words there are in the English language and in a typical person's vocabulary is analysed.
The book also contains four short stories by Nick Renton and some fascinating pieces by three other writers. While light-hearted, each of these carries an important message.
In an entertaining tailpiece the book features a series of jokes about the English language - these will be particularly useful to public speakers.
This book about words contains much material not found elsewhere. It will assist persons engaged in writing activities at all levels to become more articulate. It will expose readers to the richness and diversity of the living English language.
326 pages 9781920910693 RRP $A34.95
From the Foreword by Professor Michael Clyne of the School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne:
"Nick Renton is a person with a passion for language and in particular a great love for the English language. In this, his 60th book, he shares this enthusiasm with his readers, offering them advice, interesting facts and figures, and illustrative anecdotes, much of them in good humour."
It was the custom of my daughter's school to send home occasional notes which the parents had to sign and return. This was to confirm that the notes had been duly read. These notes were often a source of embarrassment to my poor daughter when, in addition to her father's signature, on return they also bore in red ink several corrections to the school's grammar and punctuation. This book is accordingly dedicated to teachers everywhere.
SOME WORDS ABOUT WORDS
PART I: RULES FOR WRITERS IN A NUTSHELL
1 COMMON GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
PART II: FOR LOVERS OF WORDS
10 HOW MANY WORDS ARE THERE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?
PART III: LIGHT RELIEF
18 A LETTER FROM GLORIA
BOOK REVIEW by Helen Moore
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