Bennett’s Wordfinder

This is an index to the second edition of Fowler’s Modern English Usage, based on the version revised by Sir Ernest Gowers (1965). Paul Bennett has written elsewhere on this blog, about Fowler’s humour.

Why need an index to a work that is already arranged alphabetically, you might wonder.

The Wordfinder is an amazing document: it consists of 66 densely printed, three-column pages, which provide evidence of the fact that Modern English Usage is far richer then the mere alphabetical list of entries suggest. Paul Bennett has kindly agreed to let us make Bennett’s Wordfinder (2018 version) available here to anyone interested in the work. Let us know what you think of it!

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