Bill Bryson – Random House – Hardcover NZ$45
From one of our most admired and bestselling authors, a wonderfully useful and readable guide to the problems of the English language most commonly encountered by editors and writers.What is the difference between “immanent” and “imminent”? What is the singular form of graffiti? What is the difference between “acute” and “chronic”? What is the former name of “Moldova”? What is the difference between a cardinal number and an ordinal number? One of the English language's most skilled writers answers these and many other questions and guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage.
This title started life as The Penguin Dictionary of Troublesome Words published by Allen Lane back in 1984 and have a copy of that earlier and much slimmer volume on the shelf besides this greatly expanded and significantly more useful new version.