Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

By Bill Bryson

From one in every of America's so much loved and bestselling authors, a perfectly worthy and readable consultant to the issues of the English language most typically encountered via editors and writers.

What is the adaptation among “immanent” and “imminent”? what's the singular kind of graffiti? what's the distinction among “acute” and “chronic”? what's the former identify of “Moldova”? what's the distinction among a cardinal quantity and an ordinal quantity? one of many English language's such a lot expert writers solutions those and lots of different questions and publications us all towards detailed, mistake-free utilization. protecting spelling, capitalization, plurals, hyphens, abbreviations, and overseas names and words, Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors may be an quintessential spouse for all who care sufficient approximately our language to not maul, misuse, or contort it.

This dictionary is an important consultant to the splendidly disordered factor that's the English language. As invoice Bryson notes, it's going to offer you “the solutions to all these issues of written utilization that you simply form of comprehend or should be aware of yet can’t fairly remember.”

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Flightless fowl. castenets. Spanish rhythm tools. caster, castor. the 1st is the spelling for a wheel on a chair; the second one is the spelling of the oil or bean. Castile. sector of northern Spain; in Spanish, Castilla. The identify appears to be like in Spanish areas: Castilla–La Mancha and Castilla-León. Castlereagh, Robert Stewart, Viscount. (1769–1822) British statesman. castrato. Castrated soprano; pl. castrati. casus belli. (Lat. ) Act that offers upward push to conflict. catalyst isn't just any agent of switch, yet one who quickens switch with no turning into replaced itself. catamaran. catarrh. cater-corner. now not catty-corner. Catharine’s university, St. , Cambridge college, England, yet St. Catherine’s collage, Oxford. CAT experiment. brief for automatic axial tomography. Catullus, Gaius Valerius. (c. 84–c. fifty five BC) Roman poet. Caudillo. (Sp. ) “Leader” identify assumed by way of normal Francisco Franco of Spain. cauliflower. reason célèbre. caveat emptor. (Lat. ) “Let the customer watch out. ” caviar. Cawley, Evonne Goolagong. (1951–) Australian tennis famous person. Cayenne. Capital of French Guiana. CBC. Canadian Broadcasting company. CBS. Columbia Broadcasting approach. CCCP. Abbreviation within the Cyrillic alphabet of Soyuz Sovyetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), former USSR. Ceau¸sescu, Nicolae. (1918–1989) President of Romania (1967–89); reported chow'-chess-coo. cedilla. Mark [,] put less than a c to point that it really is reported in French as an s, in Turkish as ch, and in Portuguese as sh. ceilidh. (Gaelic) a meeting for track and dancing; stated kay'-lee. Cela, Camilo José. (1916–2002) Spanish novelist, offered Nobel Prize for Literature (1989). celebrant, celebrator. the 1st is the time period for individuals enjoying spiritual ceremonies. those that assemble for reasons of revelry are celebrators. celibacy doesn't, as is usually intended, point out abstinence from sexual family members. It skill in simple terms to be single, fairly if because of a spiritual vow. A married individual can't be celibate, yet he should be chaste. Cellini, Benvenuto. (1500–1571) Italian sculptor, goldsmith, and writer. Celsius, centigrade. (Abbr. C. ) Interchangeable phrases pertaining to the size of temperature invented through Anders Celsius (1701–1744), a Swedish astronomer. to transform Celsius to Fahrenheit, multiply the Celsius temperature by means of 1. eight and upload 32, or use the desk within the Appendix. cement, concrete. the 2 are usually not interchangeable. Cement is a constituent of concrete, which additionally includes sand, gravel, and beaten rock. cemetery. no longer -ary. Cenozoic period. the current geological period, starting approximately sixty five million years in the past. In previous sessions it was once occasionally additionally spelled Caenozoic or Cainozoic. centavo. A financial unit in lots of international locations of South and valuable the US such as one one-hundredth of the country’s major unit of forex; pl. centavos. focus on. middle shows some degree, and some extent can't encircle something. Make it “center on” or “revolve round. ” facilities for affliction regulate and Prevention, Atlanta. Federal establishment that offers with issues of public well-being.

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