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It was published as Plain Words ; then expanded to The ABC of Plain Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Complete Plain Words - Sir Ernest resourceone.info - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Plain English for Lawyers. been to risk a complete loss of con- fidence which the delicate negotia- Plain Words, A Guide to the Use of English. By Sir Ernest Gowers. London: His.
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If you think we might need to communicate with you, please include your email address. If in doubt, we will always be cautious, and preserve the original spelling. Gowers explained the purpose of the new book in his preface, "We must have something that can be kept on the desk and consulted on points of difficulty as they arise.
Plain Words is of little use for that: The former was one of the longer entries, explaining the dangers of overuse of abstract words, and recommending concrete terms where possible. Thus, "Was this the realisation of an anticipated liability? Gowers and his successors revised their advice as usage changed over the years.
Two consecutive entries in The ABC illustrate how some comments have become dated and others have not: Gowers warned in that the word "backlog" meaning "arrears" would be unintelligible to British readers, and in the next entry he advised that the construction "on a The latter remains a frequent feature of loose writing and all the editions of the Plain Words books retain and expand Gowers's advice, whereas within three years of writing The ABC , Gowers noted in The Complete Plain Words that "backlog" was rapidly and usefully establishing itself in British usage.
Neither the Treasury nor HMSO expected the second book to rival the popularity of its predecessor, but it sold nearly 80, copies in its first year. He thought the A—Z layout had two disadvantages. The first was that it gave the wrong impression that all the topics were of equal importance; the second was that the people most in need of advice would not think to look up the relevant entry: By both books were still selling well. The Complete Plain Words contained pages, including seven pages of index.
It was a hardback, in green cloth binding with dust-jacket, in HMSO's preferred size, used for the two earlier Plain Words books, 8.
It was published in September at what The Manchester Guardian called the remarkably cheap price of five shillings 25p. Civil Servants have not been alone in profiting from it in the past, nor should they be in the future. The text was reprinted seven times during Gowers's lifetime, and he made a number of amendments in the various impressions. Gowers, fully occupied for a decade in making the first revision of Fowler's Modern English Usage , was unable to carry out the task; he died in , a few months after the publication of the revised Fowler.
Fraser preserved Gowers's structure, and added three new chapters, the most important of which was titled "Some recent trends"; it covered the increasing prevalence of informality, and the influences of America, science, technology, economics, business, and personnel management.
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The final sections of the chapter were on "vogue words" and "modish writing". Reviewing the new edition in The Times Literary Supplement , David Hunt commented of Fraser, "his wit, perhaps a little drier and more Scottish, is equally acute, diverting and instructive".
He praised Fraser for replacing Gowers's dated examples of officialese with modern specimens and updating the text to reflect current trends, but concluded:.
The core of the book remains Gowers, but I do not think Fraser, for all his desire to be faithful, has been able to keep the urbane, untroubled, effortless grace which made the original so instantly attractive.
And, to be fair, the times have made this all but impossible.
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The Complete Plain Words in any new version cannot possibly have the same impact as Gowers first had when he reminded administrators that they could best express themselves in a clean and economical prose.
But this version, which battles with later jargon and more subtle temptations, a version less sure of the nature of its readership or the mood of the nation, is an honourable and certainly a useful guide.
The Fraser edition was reprinted in hardback three times between and The third edition was commissioned not by the Treasury but by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, to mark its bicentenary.
The revision was made not by an experienced public servant but by an academic and a lexicographer, Sidney Greenbaum , Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College, London and Janet Whitcut, formerly senior research editor of the Longman Dictionary. They chose to revise Fraser's version rather than starting from Gowers's original.
Having two authors made it necessary to abandon Gowers's frequent use of the first person; Fraser had retained it, stating " I have no intention of taking hyphens seriously.
The new edition, in the same format as its two predecessors, is in blue cloth, with dust-jacket, and has pages. The last direct link between Plain Words and the public service was broken in , when HMSO was dismembered under governmental privatisation policy. It was printed on lower-weight paper and in a smaller format than its predecessors. The reviser was Rebecca Gowers, Ernest's great-granddaughter, a novelist and author of a non-fiction book about a Victorian murder.
She begins the new edition with a twenty-page preface that includes a biographical sketch of Ernest Gowers and a history of the revisions after his death.
Unlike the three earlier revisers, Rebecca Gowers generally avoids merging her own comments with the original text.
Her practice is to retain Ernest Gowers's remarks and append updated observations in a separate note. An example is the entry on the use of the noun "issue". The original words were:. This word has a very wide range of proper meanings as a noun, and should not be made to do any more work — the work, for instance of subject , topic , consideration and dispute.
The workload of issue has grown enormously since Gowers wrote this, not least because it now also doubles up on the job done by problem. Thus a government department these days might release a disastrous consultation paper in terms of issues to do with interoperability issues, even as a Minister has personal issues that threaten to become an issue in the press, causing the Prime Minister to have a major issue with the Minister.There is no need.
Namespaces Article Talk. Prefer the short word to the long.
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