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Buy The Complete Plain Words 3rd Rev Ed by Sir Ernest Gowers, Sidney Greenbaum, Janet Whitcut (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. The Complete Plain Words While now best remembered for his style guides, Sir Ernest Gowers spent most of his life as a civil servant rather than as an author. 27 Mar It was The Complete Plain Words and, though its aims were modest, The author was a top civil servant called Sir Ernest Gowers, a former.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Whether you’re writing marketing copy, blogs, user manuals, or restaurant reviews, your aim is still the same – to convey information succinctly and unambiguously. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. He notes that the language is subject to perpetual change, and his own English, and many of the objects of his wrath are already old-fashioned.

May 19, Anthony Buckley rated it liked it Shelves: She begins the new edition with a twenty-page preface that includes a biographical sketch of Ernest Gowers and a history of the revisions after his death. Also found a limited, letterpress edition of a play about Fort Ross performed by the P,ain Club at the Bohemian Grove.

The problem with this particular book is that it is organized to be read from beginning to end. It is not set out like a reference book. Graff, The Modern Researcher For those who must write to get their work done— businessmen and women, students, teachers and librarians; civil servants who have to compose regulations, letters on government business, even signs for public buildings, airports and highways; anyone, in fact, ernets must be able to put sentences together to make clear a set of facts, gowerw or proposals to these busy people, The Complete Plain Words is a necessary companion.


If you find yourself convicted of a mistake, acknowledge it freely plsin even with gratitude. The complete plain words. Jun 03, Neale rated it really liked it Shelves: It had a lot of good bits, but many large sections of it are hair-splitting that isn’t always terribly interesting. There must be no conventional phrases, no waste of words. The colleague on whom Gowers most relied was Llewelyn Wyn Griffith of the Inland Revenue, whose contribution Gowers acknowledged in the prefaces to Plain Words and its two successors.

Sep 08, Max Lybbert rated it really liked it. Out of hours they wrote, and – worse – read, articles and letters of dumbfounding pomposity in The Ernst newspaper expounding this or that nicety in the use of English. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition. And, frankly, the examples of poor gramma The theme of “The Complete Plain Words” is “English is already capable of precisely communicating your message without the need of added jargon or tge grammar.

Scholastic Success with Writing, Grade 1. I wouldn’t recommend it to others as there are more accessible books on the thd. You, I and they might have thought that covered all possibilities, but not according to the erndst who ruled that a mobile ice-cream tricycle was not a place. Her practice is to retain Ernest Gowers’s remarks and append updated observations in a separate note. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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He thought the A—Z layout had two disadvantages. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. In short, Gowers’s warning went unheeded, and issue is being made to labour harder than ever.


Maybe some fine day I might get round to finally finishing this, when bloody Finnegans Wake has been laid to rest like a tormenting poltergeist. Explore the Home Gift Plaij. In Gowers, a senior British civil servant, was asked by the Treasury to write a book that would improve the written work of government workers in every department.

Complete Plain Words

Learn more about Amazon Prime. I am happy to have the book on my shelf, but I shall approach it in future via the index. To some of them this may seem a work of supererogation, calculated only to place an unnecessary burden on a body of people already overburdened.

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An essential guide to writing in clear English. The core of the book-nine chapters that cover the issues in the choice and handling of words will energize anyone with a writing job to do.

Priority Shipping dispatches available items first. A Memoir of the Craft. Action Writers’ Phrase Book: Previous page of related Sponsored Products. Gowers, fully occupied for a decade in making the first revision of Fowler’s Modern English Usagewas unable copmlete carry out the task; he died ina few months after the publication of the revised Fowler.

Here’s some of his advice from his chapter “The Choice of Words”: Good overall advice in the essays, but the pile of comments tue individual words are better structured in usage dictionaries like Modern English Usage.