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Charles Harrington Elster How to Tell Fate from Destiny

And Other Skillful Word Distinctions

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';In this part-thesaurus, part-hilarious manual of style, Elster breaks down the most common mistakes of the English language.'Booklist If you have trouble distinguishing the verbs imitate and emulate, the relative pronouns that and which, or the adjectives pliant, pliable, and supple, never fearHow to Tell Fate from Destiny is here to help! With more than 500 headwords, the book is replete with advice on how to differentiate commonly confused words and steer clear of verbal trouble. Whether you're a boomer, a Gen-Xer, or a millennial, if you peruse, browse, or even skim these spindrift pages you will (not shall) become versed in the fine art of differentiation. You will learn, for example, how to tell whether you suffer from pride, vanity, or hubrishow to tell whether you're contagious or infectioushow to tell if you're pitiful or pitiablehow to tell if you're self-centered or self-absorbedhow to live an ethical life in a moral universe ';This appealing book will help readers over countless lexical stumbling blocks, and encourage clearer and more precise speaking and writing.'Publishers Weekly ';The author of this charming and useful book has made a career out of literary finesse. In his latest effort to ';clarify the mind and general discourse,' the ';professional distinctioneer' offers witty, wise advice on the right way to deploy some of the English language's trickiest words, fromaandantozero, zeros, zeroes.'Yale Alumni Magazine

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