Current usage of vocabulary and style is explained clearly and sections included cover: jargon, cliches, spelling and punctuation; ground rules of grammar; superfluous words, overuse or misuse; sexist language, the influence of science and ...
Author: Ernest Gowers
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: English language
Current usage of vocabulary and style is explained clearly and sections included cover: jargon, cliches, spelling and punctuation; ground rules of grammar; superfluous words, overuse or misuse; sexist language, the influence of science and technology, American English and exemplary clarity.
The ABC of Plain Words was also a bestseller . By 1952 , an additional 17 , 135
copies of Plain Words had been sold , and 78 , 279 copies of the ABC . Gowers
received 1s 6d for each Plain Words sold and 2 . 4d for each ABC ( proportional
Author: Ann Scott
Publisher: Understanding Governance
Category: Biography & Autobiography
During his long career as a British civil servant Ernest Gowers was close to the centre of many of the momentous events of the first half of the twentieth century. However, he only became famous in 1948 when Plain Words, originally written as a training pamphlet for the British Civil Service, became an instant best-seller for HMSO. Ann Scott has had access to Gowers' family archives. Using these and other previously untapped primary sources she builds a portrait of the career of one member of a cohort of high-flying civil servants who began their careers at the turn of the century. Gowers' final task as a civil servant was to run London's civil defence during WW2. Because of the wealth of original material available, two chapters are devoted to the way in which civil defence was planned and the many challenges he had to face, using his own words and those of his colleagues. Described as Britain's 'No 1 Chairman' he chaired many inquiries after the war. The Royal Commission into Capital Punishment had a profound effect on him, turning him into a convinced and influential abolitionist. At the age of 75 he began the task that engaged him for the final ten years of his life: revising Fowler's Modern English Usage.
Author: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van OstadePublish On: 2017-11-30
This volume explores both historical and current issues in English usage guides or style manuals.
Author: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This volume explores both historical and current issues in English usage guides or style manuals. Guides of this sort have a long history: while Fowler's Modern English Usage (1926) is one of the best known, the first English usage guide was published in the UK in 1770, and the first in the US in 1847. Today, new titles come out nearly every year, while older works are revised and reissued. Remarkably, however, the kind of usage problems that have been addressed over the years are very much the same, and attitudes towards them are slow to change - but they do change. The chapters in this book look at how and why these guides are compiled, and by whom; what sort of advice they contain; how they differ from grammars and dictionaries; how attitudes to usage change; and why institutions such as the BBC need their own style guide. The volume will appeal not only to researchers and students in sociolinguistics, but also to general readers with an interest in questions of usage and prescriptivism, language professionals such as teachers and editors, and language policy makers.
THE COMPLETE PLAIN WORDS REVISED Had Gowers survived a little longer
after revising Fowler's work, he might have revised his own. He had discussed
the idea with his publisher, writing, 'there is quite a lot in the book that I should
Author: Rebecca Gowers
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
'Be short, be simple, be human.' When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English for the Civil Service. Within a year, however, its humour, charm and authority had made it a bestseller. Since then it has never been out of print. Six decades on, writer Rebecca Gowers has created a new edition of this now-classic work that both revises and celebrates her great-grandfather's original. Plain Words has been updated to reflect numerous changes in English usage, yet Sir Ernest's distinctive, witty voice is undimmed. And his message remains vital: our writing should be as clear and comprehensible as possible, avoiding superfluous words and clichés - from the jargon of 'commercialese' to the murky euphemisms of politicians. In a new preface, this edition draws on an extensive private archive, previously hidden away in family cupboards and attics, to tell the story behind a book that has become an institution: the essential guide to making yourself understood.
It employs the findings of research in language processing, helping learners to start building their speaking and reading skills. This book is an essential guide for all beginners, including students and independent learners"--
Author: Natalia V. Parker
Category: Russian language
Russian In Plain English enables complete beginners to acquire the skill of reading words written in Cyrillic independently, with no English transcription or imitated pronunciation, within a short period of time. This book introduces the alphabet and pronunciation gradually, feeding the Cyrillic letters and various pronunciation aspects in, one by one over its 10 Units, thus building a complete picture of the Russian sound system and the writing system, as well as highlighting their interrelations and helping learners to see the logic behind the use of the Cyrillic alphabet. Furthermore, the book explains the basic grammatical features of Russian words and rules of how to put them into sentences, enabling learners to start saying things in Russian from Unit 1. It employs some findings of research in language processing, helping learners to start building their speaking and reading skills. This book is an essential guide for all beginners, including students and independent learners.
However it is bliss to the authoritarian and will provide hours of entertainment
and distraction to anyone interested in the English language . The Complete Plain Words ( Sir Ernest Gowers ; Penguin paperback , HMSO hardback )
Gowers will ...
Author: Simon Mort
Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Business & Economics
Simon Mort provides practical guidance on such topics as:- deciding the format- structuring a report- stylistic pitfalls and how to avoid them- making the most of illustrations- ensuring a consistent layout.The theme throughout is fitness for purpose, and the text is enriched by a wide variety of examples drawn from business, industry and government. Simon Mort's book is an indispensable reference work for managers, civil servants, local government officers, consultants and professionals of every kind.
Words " . Paul Eddington from “ Yes Minister " presents a Plain English award to
a real life Minister , Lord Elton . | Foreign Languages in the School ... ENGLISH
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Your aim in writing plain English is to write concisely and clearly so that the
reader can understand easily what you are saying. What is plain English and ...
Especially recommended is The Complete Plain Words by Sir Ernest Gowers.
See also ...
The Complete Plain Words, which has sold over a million copies in Britain alone,
persuaded the Oxford University Press that Sir Ernest should be entrusted with
the revision of H. W. Fowler's standard but dated Dictionary of Modern English ...
appropriate new provisions entrenched by Agreement; comprehensive political
accommodation; weighted majority; adumbrated ... Sir Ernest Gowers' motto in The Complete Plain Words, 'Be short, be simple, be human', has gained a
Author: Martin Cutts
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Plain English is an essential tool for effective communication. Information transmitted in letters, documents, reports, contracts, and forms is clearer and more understandable when presented in straightforward terms. The Oxford Guide to Plain English provides authoritative guidance on how to write plain English using easy-to-follow guidelines which cover straightforward language, sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, planning, and good organization. This handy guide will be invaluable to writers of all levels. It provides essential guidelines that will allow readers to develop their writing style, grammar, and punctuation. The book also offers help in understanding official jargon and legalese giving the plain English alternatives. This guide gives hundreds of real examples and shows 'before and after' versions of texts of different kinds which will help readers to look critically at their own writing. It is organized in 25 short chapters, which each cover a different aspect of writing. Clearly laid out and easy to use, the Oxford Guide to Plain English is the best guide to writing clear and helpful documents.
Exercise 8 (revision) Add commas, capitals and full stops to these passages: (a)
all matter is made up of atoms and all atoms are made up of an inner nucleus (
plural: nuclei) surrounded by electrons almost the whole mass of the atom is ...
Author: Collinson, Diane
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Plain English meets the needs of all students who wish to improve their writing skills. The book opens with an introductory quiz, which gives a broad idea of the subject matter covered and helps readers to identify those sections which will be of most use. The quiz is followed by sections on punctuation, spelling, grammar, style, references and bibliographies. Each section deals step by step with basic difficulties and provides exercises to help test the readers' understanding. Answers are provided for all the exercises. Plain English is user-friendly and may either by read from beginning to end, or simply dipped into for selected sections.