22 April: ‘Modern English Usage’-day

Today, 22 April 2012, is Modern English Usage day: according to Jenny McMorris, in her biography of H.W. Fowler called The Warden of English (OUP 2001), Modern English Usage was published on 22 April 1926. The Warden of English is a fantastic book to read, written in the style of the best English biographies. It comes very cheap, ten years after its original publication: Amazon sells new paperback copies at $1.59 only. Definitely worth buying. 

And while you are planning to do so, I’d like to hear which of our readers regularly consult Modern English Usage: please let us know by filling in the poll below (multiple answers are allowed). But first watch this Youtube clip showing David Crystal on Fowler’s MEU.


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