Common Errors in English Usage (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/6/1
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Mixed-up, mangled expressions; foreign-language faux pas; confused and confusing terms; commonly mispronounced words - they're all explained in this useful guide.
And how great it is to find someone who still knows the difference between "imply" and "infer." Then to find that he really understands the ins and outs of "data/datum." I still cringe when I hear "data" used to refer to the singular, but I suppose I have to yield to "progress" in the language. I still believe that the research papers I read (and occasionally supervise on the thesis level) refer to several bits of information when the word "data" is used.
I must say, though, that writing this is a bit scary. I expect someone to pick on my poor usage somewhere. Oh well, so be it. I've had the pleasure of a bit of ego massaging in being able to say "Yep, I knew that." Oops! I don't find "yep" in the book. Anyway, it's fun.
Before I bought this book, I had always visited Paul Brians' webpage "Common Errors in English"
in order to to make sure that my words I use are correctly used. How useful it is! Not only it tells you the most misused words, but it also let's you know the difference in meaning and orthography in some US vs UK words!
I have use his page so many times that I had to buy a physical book so I can go anywhere with it. If you haven't bought this book yet but you will like to see it's content. Visit his page, just search for "Common Errors in English" in a Search Engine.
To let you know how much I like this book, let me tell you that in the same day this book arrived, I 've read it from beginning to end.
Again, I highly recommend this.