A Dictionary of Modern English Usage Author:H.W. Fowler For over seventy years Modern English Usage has been the standard work on the correct but natural use of English. Renowned for its authority and wit, Fowler has become a household name in all English-speaking countries. This first edition, published in 1927, sold over 60,000 copies in its first year and quickly became the benchmark for all point... more »s of grammar, syntax, and style. Its influence has extended even to the battlefield: Churchill wrote to the Director of Military Intelligence about the plans for the invasion of Normandy, 'Why must you write intensive here? Intense is the right word. You should read Fowler's Modern English Usage on the use of the two words.'
The early reviews attest to its on-going success as a practical and clear arbiter of what is best practice in the written language. It was, and is, heralded as 'brilliant...comprehensive, thoughtful, thorough... fresh and pungent ... wise, witty, vigorous, absorbing'.« less