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A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926), by Henry W. Fowler, is a style guide to British English usage, pronunciation, and writing. Ranging from plurals and literary technique to the distinctions among like words (homonyms, synonyms, etc.), to foreign-term use, it became the standard for most style guides that followed — thus, the 1926 first edition remains in print despite the existence of the 1965 second edition, and the 1996 and 2004 printings of the third edition. Moreover, the third edition was mostly rewritten as a usage dictionary incorporating corpus data. To its users, the Dictionary is informally known by the names Fowler’s Modern English Usage, Fowler, and Fowler’s.




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