Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors

by (? are dictionaries "by" someone?) Bill Bryson.

Quickie Recap: Well, this is how a dictionary works: words are listed, usually alphabetically for easy references, and you can look them up to check their spelling or their meaning. Neat eh?

Quickie Review: Yes, I read a dictionary. Back off. It's Bryson. And it's not every word, just the ones I'm most likely to fuck up, you know, the icky plurals, tricky hyphens, kooky foreign stuff, that kind of thing.

Quickie Recommendation: At the risk of forever brandishing myself an incorrigible nerd, yes.


Droog said...

I would have commented on this selection but you wisely forewarned your readers to "back off."

Jay said...

Well listen, I happen to feel passionately about my dictionaries, and I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of writers do. It helps you be better. When you find a good one, it's like finding a friend.