Troublesome Words

Troublesome Words

By (author) Bill Bryson


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What is the difference between mean and median, blatant and flagrant, flout and flaunt? Is it whodunnit or whodunit? Do you know? Are you sure? With "Troublesome Words", journalist and bestselling travel-writer Bill Bryson gives us a clear, concise and entertaining guide to the problems of English usage and spelling that has been an indispensable companion to those who work with the written word for over twenty years. So if you want to discover whether you should care about split infinitives, are cursed with an uncontrollable outbreak of commas or were wondering if that newsreader was right to say 'an historic day', this superb book is the place to find out.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • 01 Sep 2010
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • bibliog , glossary
  • 0141040394
  • 9780141040394
  • 7,665

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Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. His latest book is Shakespeare: The World as a Stage.

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'Combines the virtues of a first class work of reference with the pleasure of a good read' The Times

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