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February 18, 1928

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.

JAMA. 1928;90(7):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690340069044

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. By H. W. Fowler, and F. G. Fowler. Cloth. Price, $7.50 the set (with a "Dictionary of Modern English Usage"). Pp. 1064. New York: Oxford University Press, 1927.

For any one who wishes to write literate English the two volumes here reviewed are exceedingly helpful. Whereas the dictionary may not be especially readable, the volume on modern English usage is a thing of joy forever. It is full of humor, satire and remarkable examples. The philosophy that permeates the author's discussions indicates a highly creditable attitude toward life in general. Such sections of the book as cast-iron idiom, curtailed words, the discussion of "that and which," of Latin plurals and of novelese are striking. The physician to whom writing is more than a system of personal publicity will find these two volumes the most valuable that he can add to his library.

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