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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster Inc (Dec 4 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877796335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877796336
  • ASIN: B004L2KNI2
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary Of English Usage: The Essentials Of Clear Expression is a well organized, extremely practical, "user friendly" writer's reference. More than 2,000 extensive and meticulous entries discuss the nuances in the daily uses, both historical and present, of commonly confused words in the English language. Enhanced with a multi-page bibliography, Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary Of English Usage is a solid and highly recommended guide for anyone who works with words as a core aspect of their career.
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By A Customer on June 20 2002
Format: Paperback
I was really disappointed with this book. I like words and I enjoy etymology. The precise word can make a poignant statement when used with stiletto accuracy. But, this book is babble using quotes to describe common and contrasting usage of a word. It has all the means but no end. There is nothing concise about this book.
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For anyone who works with words Sept. 7 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary Of English Usage: The Essentials Of Clear Expression is a well organized, extremely practical, "user friendly" writer's reference. More than 2,000 extensive and meticulous entries discuss the nuances in the daily uses, both historical and present, of commonly confused words in the English language. Enhanced with a multi-page bibliography, Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary Of English Usage is a solid and highly recommended guide for anyone who works with words as a core aspect of their career.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Useful guide to word usage April 21 2012
By pinerat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am fascinated with and by words.

Because of that, I found this book to be a useful dictionary, covering words from a/an and abbreviations to zoom, and the "problems" or differences that may arise in usage for those whose job is working with words.

There is also a short ("brief" in the words of the dictionary) history of the English language, a pronunciation guide, and a bibliography of source materials for the advice given in the body of the dictionary.
Excellent reference Jan. 4 2014
By Brittany Marcotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Much better than most style guides; this book offers historical and grammatical context about each entry that allows for a better understanding of prescribed usage than regular style guides, which don't offer much more in explanation than "don't do it because it's wrong".
DEEP EXPLANATION OF ENGLISH March 26 2013
By Joseph M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
IT GOES DEEP INTO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO A STUDENT WHO PLANS ON TEACHING ENGLISH LATER.
0 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary Large Print Edition Jan. 25 2012
By J. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a useful book. They were correct when they said, this particular dictionary does not include usage.

'Concise' is the correct word to describe this dictionary. It's not made to be every day useful, but that's what it was advertised like.

It includes lots of commonly used words from everyday, but some of the definitions are not to par with mindfulness and wisdom of the littlest child.

This dictionary, almost hints at western philosophy and law, the dark history of mankind. But it has lots of helpful and kind definitions too.

Could be re written by the littlelest child's mind so much simpler. Why haven't we published littlest children's definitions of words since their elementary days. . . Older can learn from younger .

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