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Below are ten abbreviations of Latin terms. Do you know what they stand for in Latin and in English?
1. MS or ms.
2. PS or P.S.
5. N.B. or n.b.
6. c. or ca.
7. et al.
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To Err Is Inhuman
“I’m afraid that surprise, shock, and regret is the fate of authors when they finally see themselves on the page. . . . Seeing one’s inadequate English frozen into type is a humiliating experience.” — Julia Child, My Life in France
“I think of it as it could have been, with its prolixities docked, its dullnesses enlivened, its fads eliminated, its truths multiplied.”
— From the dedication page of
H. W. Fowler's Modern English Usage (1926)
The Accidents of Style is a crash course in careful usage.
The Accidents of Style is in USA Today.