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Writer’s bookshelf: Get it right

Since its first publication in 1926, Fowler’s has been an essential for every writer’s bookshelf with its combination of academic rigour and readability. Tina Jackson finds out how it’s put together

Fowler’s Dictionary of ModernEnglish Usage was first published in 1926, with second and third editions appearing in 1965 and 1996. The new edition, edited by language expert and lexicographer Jeremy Butterfield, was published in 2015, and reflects the many changes in English usage in a period of great shift in the culture of writing and publishing.

Joanna Harris, the senior editor for the new edition, offers an insight into creating a definitive reference work for writers and wordsmiths of all kinds.

How does a word get into Fowler’s?

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