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Sleeping dogs don't lay : practical advice for the grammatically challenged

Author: Richard Lederer; Richard Dowis
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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How many times have we all heard the word viable used in company meetings? Lederer and Dowis show us how "viable," somewhere along the line, was extracted from medical books, where it literally means "capable of living," and placed into the business lexicon, where it means... well, who knows? The authors clear up once and for all the confusion between lay and lie and put to rest some common myths about language. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Manuales
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Lederer; Richard Dowis
ISBN: 9780312203634 0312203632 9780965032513 0965032515
OCLC Number: 41368266
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword, march! --
Sleeping dogs and other ponderables --
Don't bite your mother tongue --
Lightning bugs and lightning --
Things you know that just ain't so --
Put your words in order --
Grammar games --
Help for the orthographically challenged --
Common comma --
Punctuation perplexities --
Ten-minute writing lesson.
Responsibility: Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis ; illustrations by Jim McLean.

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How many times have we all heard the word viable used in company meetings? Lederer and Dowis show us how "viable," somewhere along the line, was extracted from medical books, where it literally means "capable of living," and placed into the business lexicon, where it means... well, who knows? The authors clear up once and for all the confusion between lay and lie and put to rest some common myths about language. The book's finale is a ten-minute writing lesson from which everyone, from rank amateur to seasoned pro, can benefit.

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