SOCIAL SCIENCES

Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

Random. Jan. 2019. 320p. index. ISBN 9780812995701. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780812995718. COMM
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OrangeReviewStarWith this utterly readable and informative handbook, Random House vice president, executive managing editor, and copy chief Dreyer delivers an assertive (albeit amusing and authoritative) guide to correct English. In an engaging and sometimes anecdotal style, he instructs on the uses of commas, apostrophes, semicolons, and parentheses, not merely through a series of rules but rather with effective examples of correct and incorrect usages. He argues that it's time to stop appropriating British English, presenting plenty of examples of our missteps. While Dreyer's list of frequently misspelled words serves as a helpful reminder of accurate spelling, his chapter on "Peeves and Crotchets" provides a list of wrong usages of which some of us may find ourselves guilty. This will prove beneficial to everyone who wants to improve "their" writing and especially valuable to those who want to help others with their prose.
VERDICT Highly recommended for general readers.

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