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  Elegant English by Robert Hartwell Fiske

Elegant English

Vocabula Books logoThis is a Vocabula Book. As the superfluity of uninspired, careless, grammatically incorrect, slang-ridden English makes plain, elegant English is English rarely heard, English seldom seen.

Countless occasions where elegant English might have been used — indeed, ought to have been used — by a president or politician, an author or other notable, have passed with bland, if not bumbling, speech or writing.

The point of this book is to show that the language can be spoken or written with grace and polish — qualities that much contemporary English is bereft of and could benefit from.

Elegant English is grammatically correct English, it is uncommon English, it is rhetorical English. It is all three or any one or two.

Elegant English is exhilarating; it stirs our thoughts and feelings as ably as everyday English blurs them.

Here is the table of contents:

Chapter 1

1.1 Uneducated English

1.2 Everyday English

1.3 Elegant English

Chapter 2

2.1 Grammatically Correct English

2.2 Uncommon English

2.3 Rhetorical English

Appendix A

A.1 Omission of Punctuation

A.2 Inclusion of Punctuation

Appendix B

Silence, Language, and Society


Product Details

A Vocabula Backpocket BookTM

Perfect bound

4" by 6 1/2" trim

155 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0-9774368-4-2

Publication date: September 1, 2014

This book is not available on Amazon.

Note: Because the cost of postage to international destinations is so high, we can mail Elegant English only to U.S. and Canadian addresses.





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Other Books by Robert Hartwell Fiske
To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing
The Dictionary of Unendurable English
Elegant English


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