Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words

Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words; Broadway Books; 2002.

A revision of a 1983 book, this is one of the worst usage manuals on the market. Many of the entries were never updated, reflecting facts and usage from twenty years ago. The usage guidance is not based on research, but rather on Bryson’s idiosyncratic opinions which are often contrary to the practices of the best writers.

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