Robert Hartwell Fiske

Robert Hartwell Fiske
Robert Hartwell Fiske

Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review, since 1999 an online journal about the English language, and certainly the principal web destination for anyone interested in words and language.

He is the author of several books, including:
   To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing

   The Dictionary of Unendurable English

He is the editor of:

   Vocabula Bound 1: Outbursts, Insights, Explanations, and Oddities
   Vocabula Bound 2: Our Wresting, Writhing Tongue
   And, with Laura Cherry, Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions

He is the owner of Vocabula Communications Company, which consists of The Vocabula Review, The Daily Vocabula, Vocabula Books, and Language Guardian.

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The Dictionary of Unendurable English
A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers and Linguists

Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English

Today's popular dictionaries often fail to define words correctly or to distinguish between them; some dictionaries even maintain that one word means the same as another simply because people who do not know the correct meanings of the words confuse them. Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English — a supplement to whatever dictionary you own or use — is an attempt to combat this nonsense, to return meaning and distinction to the words we use.

You can order The Dictionary of Unendurable English from Vocabula or Simon & Schuster or Amazon or elsewhere.

To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing
The Essential Guide to Writing Succinctly

To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing

To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing is the perfect reference book for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively through clear and beautiful prose. In this freshly updated edition that features hundreds of new entries, Robert Hartwell Fiske lays out multiple lines of attack against verbiage. He starts by training writers, new or experienced, to tackle wordy trends in their work. His "Dictionary of Concise Writing" helps them identify and correct — or delete — thousands of specific redundant phrases. In addition, writers can turn to the new "Guide to Obfuscation: A Reverse Dictionary" to build a more pithy vocabulary. Filled with real-world examples that provide clarity and context for Fiske's rules of concision, this is a writer's sharpest weapon against verbosity.

You can order To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing from Amazon or W. W. Norton.

Toward The Making of a Sentence
Version 1.2

Toward The Making of a Sentence

People long to write a clear, a readable, even, at times, an elegant sentence. Toward the Making of a Sentence will show you how to go about it. A collection of rules or guidelines, followed by sentence examples, Toward the Making of a Sentence costs $7.00 (Version 1.2 has some 83 pages). Later versions of this book will become available over time. Also included: "Silence, Language, and Society."

You can order Toward the Making of a Sentence — the PDF version — from Vocabula or — the Kindle version — from Amazon.








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Words often ill serve their purpose. When they do their work badly, words militate against us. Poor grammar, sloppy syntax, misused words, misspelled words, and other infelicities of style impede communication and advance only misunderstanding. But there is another, perhaps less well-known, obstacle to effective communication: too many words. In The Dictionary of Concise Writing, Fiske shows how to identify and correct wordiness.


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