Plain Words

Plain Words

A Guide to the Use of English

Book - 2014
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'Be Sort, Be Simple, Be Human.'

When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words , it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English for the Civil Service. Within a year, however, its humour, charm and authority had made it a bestseller. Since then it has never been out of print.

Six decades on, writer Rebecca Gowers has created a new edition of this now-classic work that both revises and celebrates her great-grandfather's original. Plain Words has been updated to reflect numerous changes in English usage, yet Sir Ernest's distinctive, witty voice is undimmed. And his message remains vital- our writing should be as clear and comprehensible as possible, avoiding superfluous words and clichés - from the jargon of 'commercialese' to the murky euphemisms of politicians.

In a new preface, this edition draws on an extensive private archive, previously hidden away in family cupboards and attics, to tell the story behind a book that has become an institution- the essential guide to making yourself understood.

Publisher: London :, Particular Book, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: Revised and updated.
ISBN: 9780141975535
Branch Call Number: 808 GOW 2014
Characteristics: xxvii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gowers, Rebecca - Author


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