Whether applying for a job, writing a letter of complaint or simply talking with colleagues or friends, the people who get listened to are those with a confident command of language. Choose the Right Word is a fun guide to using English effectively and to avoiding common mistakes. It is both a valuable work of reference and an enjoyable read. While plotting a path through a minefield of rules and conventions, the book acknowledges that English is an ever-changing language and points out those rules that can at times be broken. 70 light-hearted quizzes show you how to use words that will make your point powerfully, and usage tips set you right on contextual issues. Curio Corners tell the fascinating stories behind dozens of everyday words and phrases. What's the difference between affect and effect; abjure and adjure? Does AD for Anno Domino come before or after the year - and the century? Should you write all right or alright; adviser or advisor? How did the word alcohol come into our language? Just how sure are you about your apostrophes?
Authors Vic Mayhewand Robin Hosie met when both were sub-editors on the Daily Mirror. Mayhew went on to become Night Editor of The Sun and Editor of the Irish Star and is the author of two thrillers. Hosie, as Editorial Director of Reader's Digest Books, led a team that created a string of best-selling family reference books. His book The G-Connection was chosen as Book of the Year by the International Institute of Aeronautics.