Write It Right
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Several hundred of Bierce's pet peeves, the list includes some distinctions still familiar today. The which-that rule, less vs. fewer, lie and lay – but it also abounds in now-forgotten shibboleths: Ovation, the critics of his time agreed, meant a Roman triumph, not a round of applause. Reliable was an ill-formed coinage, not for the discriminating. Donate was pretentious, jeopardize should be jeopard, demean meant "comport oneself," not "belittle." And Bierce made up a few peeves of his own for good measure. We should say "a coating of paint," he instructed, not "a coat."
This book has 40 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1909.
Production notes: This e-book of Write It Right was published by Global Grey in 2018.
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