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ENGLISH TO THE RESCUE

A Primer for Workplace Writing



JOHN STONEHOUSE



Victoria, B.C., Canada

2012



FOREWORD

This book tries to answer an apparent need for concise, correct English in a world of decreasing standards and increasing electronic mayhem. Deliberately, I have not attempted to write a bestseller along the lines of Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss or an eye-catcher like Karen Elizabeth Gordon’s The Well-Tempered Sentence or The Transitive Vampire. Nor is this a book like the excellent Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Neither can it compete with the voluminous and comprehensive Fowler’s Modern English Usage.

I chose the title English to the Rescue because my experience suggests that many literate persons when asked to write a document need just that – RESCUE. It might be rescue from old and incorrect habits, or rescue from the inertia of wondering how and where to start, or rescue from the struggle to improve things during revision.

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