The Dimwit's Dictionary: 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them Paperback – Sep 1 2002
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About the Author
Robert Hartwell Fiske is also the author of The Dictionary of Concise Writing. He is the editor/publisher of the Vocabula Review, an online journal about the English language.
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Fortunately, help is at hand. Robert Hartwell Fiscke has produced two powerful, literary weapons for protectors of the language ~ The Dimwit's Dictionary: 5000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them and The Dictionary of Concise Writing: 10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases.
The key to good writing, according to Fiske who is also the author and publisher of The Vocabula Review (an online journal about the English language), is concise and precise writing ~ and that's just what he offers with these two excellent reference books.
At first glance, you may be offended by the Dimwit's title ~ what person would buy a book which suggests he or she is a dimwit? Well, after leafing through it, you'll know why you bought it and maybe even refer to some of your past efforts as dimwit. I know I did.
The 400-page book is divided into two parts. The first examines a wide range of examples of lazy and weak writing, showing scribes how to improve useage through better word choices and creativity with the language.
Part two is the dictionary portion of the volume. It offers literally an A to Z guide of thousands of overused words and phrases, and provides fresh alternatives.
As Fiske explains from the outset: "Dimwitticisms are worn-out words and phrases; they are expressions that dull our reason and dim our insight, formulas that we rely on when we are too lazy to express what we think or even to discover how we feel.Read more ›
Topics' ranging from 'Plebeian Sentiments' to 'Wretched Redundancies' places this reference well beyond usual. Learning the difference between a moribund metaphor and an inescapable pair has never held such enjoyment. Impressively organized and detailed to the nth degree (sorry, I believe that was a moribund no-no), this compilation of wisdom is indispensable to lovers and writers of the English language. There is no word to describe... oops that was a plebeian sentiment, so let me rephrase that. The Dimwit's Dictionary is a great reference book. English majors and aspiring writers take note; you must have this on your reference shelf! You won't regret it.
Discover just how original, or not, is your writing. Learn about Ineffectual phrases, Moribund metaphors & Infantile phrases; Overworked words, Inescapable pairs & Torpid terms; Withered words, Wretched Redundancies & Egregious English; Quack equations, Foreign phrases, Grammatical gimmicks & much, much more!
THE DIMWIT'S DICTIONARY is an invaluable tool all writers need to have on their tool shelf, not to be taken too seriously or too much to heart, or brain, as is the case, as an author could get dreadfully pompous!
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Fiske has written a strange book indeed. Its primary purpose would appear to be the dissemination of an idea that with Fiske somehow dim-wittedness can be removed from your... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003
Somewhat self-righteous and pedantic at times, but highly pertinent on the whole. Actually makes very good reading. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by MARTINEAU ROBERT
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