Brilliantly, entertainingly, and winningly written, GMEU covers everything a writer, an editor, or a logophile or lexophile would need to, or love to, look up: lexical usage, grammar, punctuation, pronunciation. * Farid Rahimi, The Canberra editor * Garner's book is by far the best on contemporary usage. For language lovers or for those attempting to find out how words are being used today, Garner's Modern American Usage is an indispensable tool. * Technical Communication * Garner makes grammar fun, and readers will not only find elucidation but also moments of pure delight while browsing these pages. As always, the entries are not only filled with clear lessons about language usage, trends, and problems inherent in misuse, but they are also peppered with cleverly chosen examples of both usage and misusage. [Garner's] book is the best of its kind in that it simply reports the facts in an engaging way; language evolves and usage changes.
An invaluable ready-reference tool. * School Library Journal * Whether taking those first steps on the road to good writing namely, the avoidance of bad writing or tending to further details of clarity, style, and organization, the writer-editor, like any artisan, needs guidance from a master. Such guidance is just what Garner's Modern American Usage provides, and lots of it. * Five Towns Jewish Times * Clearly one of the best works on the topic * Booklist starred review * Really, really good...Thorough and timely and solid...Bryan Garner is a genius. * David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster * [Garner's] book successfully achieves what he set out to do: provide a usage dictionary that includes both qualitative and quantitative evidence for his advice. As such, this book is an excellent resource for composition or rhetoric professors/teachers, advanced academic or formal writers, and professional editors. * Jessie Sams, Linguist *show more