Renton

A Treasure-House for Writers, Editors, Teachers, Students and Lovers of Words
Renton

Author: N E Renton Am
Format: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9788178061740
Code: 9434B
Pages: 223
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Published: 1970
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There is much interest in English usage these days. This is a book for writers, editors, teachers, students and the business community. As it is quite unlike other books in this genre it will also have a special appeal to all lovers of words.Part of the book deals with a number of serious issues of relevance to persons wishing to improve the quality of their writing. The rest of the book is in a lighter vein.Several valuable summaries deal with many common errors of grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage. In the course of a few pages these cover about 90 percent of today's problem areas.Other topics discussed range from plain English to gobbledegook, from online translations to Basic English, and gender neutral language. Also presented are a number of curiosities of the English language and assorted linguistic lists – some useful, others just tongue-in-cheek. The question of just how many words there are in the English language and in atypical person's vocabulary is analysed.
The book also contains three short stories by the present author and some fascinating pieces by three other writers. While light-hearted, each of these carries an important message.In an entertaining tailpiece the book features a series of jokes about the English language – these will be particularly useful to public speakers.This book about words contains much material not found elsewhere. It will assist persons engaged in writing activities at all levels to become more articulate. It will expose readers to the richness and diversity of the living English language.

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About the Author(s)

The author, N E Renton, is a consulting actuary and a practicing writer, well known for his highly professional guides on meetings procedure and voluntary associations and for his many books and articles on investment, business, retirement and taxation issues.

Contents

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About the Author
Some Words about Words
Contents
Foreword
Preface

PART I - RULES FOR WRITERS IN A NUTSHELL
CHAPTER 1
Common Grammatical Errors
BACKGROUND
SUMMARY OF THE KEY ISSUES
PUNCTUATION
OTHER ASPECTS

CHAPTER 2
Common Spelling Errors
BACKGROUND
ALPHABETICAL LIST
COMPOUND WORDS
POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS AND ADJECTIVES.
-ISE VERSUS -IZE
SPELLING AND GRAMMAR
THE SPELLING CHECKER

CHAPTER 3
Vocabulary Issues
SOME POPULAR MISCONCEPTIONS
MULTIPLE MEANINGS
EDUCATION IN THE UK
EXAMPLES OF UGLY NEW TERMS
ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW

CHAPTER 4
Gobbledegook
BACKGROUND
EXAMPLES
INTERESTING QUOTATIONS

CHAPTER 5
Gender Neutral Language
BACKGROUND
THE PROBLEM
THE SOLUTION
FEMININE DESIGNATIONS
HOMOSEXUALITY
MAN
QUOTATIONS
SEX AND GENDER

CHAPTER 6
Badly Worded Resolutions
BACKGROUND
RESOLUTIONS
AMENDMENTS TO RESOLUTIONS

CHAPTER 7
Some Management Issues
SLOPPY BUSINESS PRACTICES
CREDIBILITY
THE ROLE OF EMPLOYERS
SOME CASE STUDIES
WHAT DOES A “GUARANTEED” INVESTMENT REALLY
MEAN?

CHAPTER 8
Miscellaneous
UNITED STATES USAGES
POOR COMMUNICATIONS
UNACCEPTABLE EDITORIAL LAPSES
FOUL LANGUAGE
NAMES FOR FAMILY COMPANIES AND TRUSTS.
SPAM
PREPOSITIONS AT THE END OF SENTENCES
DDMMYY
BC/AD/BCE/CE
ONLINE DICTIONARIES
FIRST GENERATION
ENSURING THE ACCURACY OF LINKS
STATE AID FOR MOTORISTS

PART II - FOR LOVERS OF WORDS
CHAPTER 9
How many Words are there in the English Language?
BACKGROUND
COUNTING THE WORDS
THE COUNT FOR INDIVIDUALS

CHAPTER 10
Established but Illogical Uses
BACKGROUND
COMMONLY USED WORDS AND PHRASES
HEIGHT AND WIDTH
TABLE

CHAPTER 11
Metaphors are Old Hat
WHAT IS A METAPHOR?
STATISTICS OF METAPHOR USAGE
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN
GEORGE WASHINGTON QUIZ
GRASPING THE NETTLE WITH ELBOW GREASE
METAPHORS FROM THE BIBLE
EXAMPLES OF BIBLICAL METAPHORS

CHAPTER 12
Assorted Lists
USEFUL MNEMONICS
STRANGE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
SOME TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS
NEW OLYMPIC EVENTS
HOW TO CONFUSE FOREIGNERS
DID YOU KNOW ?
ANNIVERSARIES
HYBRID ANIMALS
STOLEN BY COMPUTER GEEKS
THE MOST WIDELY SPOKEN LANGUAGES IN
THE WORLD
HOW MANY LANGUAGES ARE THERE?
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
ACRONYMS
BUZZ WORDS

CHAPTER 13
Some Curiosities of the English Language
“OUGH”
VOWELS
CONSONANTS
CONSECUTIVE WORDS
SOME PUZZLES
ALPHABET SOUP
THE SHORTEST PANGRAM
TWO INTERESTING ANAGRAMS
THE LONGEST WORD
CONTRANYMS
PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES
A WORD WITH THREE APOSTROPHES
DOUBLE AND TREBLE LETTERS
LETTERS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
UNREPEATABLE
TYPEWRITER TRIVIA
“REFLEXIVE ONLY” VERBS
DOUBLETS AND TRIPLETS
HOW TO SPELL “EE”
“GHOTI”
SMOKING
THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
THE CAMBRIDGE EXPERIMENT
THE LONGEST LIPOGRAM
LOREM IPSUM
OTHER WORD ODDITIES

PART III - LIGHT RELIEF
CHAPTER 14
A Letter From Gloria
BACKGROUND
THE LETTER

CHAPTER 15
A Love Letter
BACKGROUND
THE LETTER

CHAPTER 16
Fun and Games in the Centre
BACKGROUND
THE STORY

CHAPTER 17
A Modern Fable
BACKGROUND
THE STORY

CHAPTER 18
How I Met My Wife
BACKGROUND
THE STORY

APPENDIX
Style Manuals - Masters or Servants?
WHAT IS A STYLE MANUAL?
DESCRIPTIVE VERSUS PRESCRIPTIVE?
OFFICIAL GUIDANCE
BUSINESSES
TAKEOVERS
OVERSEAS OWNED COMPANIES
PUBLISHERS
INFORMAL APPROACHES
SPECIALIST GUIDES
UNITED STATES
A LACK OF LOGIC
INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS
CONCLUSION
Glossary
Tailpiece

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