A trusty manual listing all those words which trip up writers six times a day. Elesch distinguishes standard usage (schlock) from slang (kvetch), includes irregular plurals and tenses, gives frequently misspelled words (but omits alternate spellings), and notes which foreign words need accents (cause cÃ‰lÃ¨bre) and which don't (coupe). He hates pretentious usage, consistently recommending simpler forms, and tends to simplify spellings (subpena for subpoena). The length of most entries is limited to a phrase or two indicating the troublesome part of the word, although a few--such as capitalization rules--run a page or more. A fine source of current spellings and usage distilled from the most consulted dictionaries and style books-- ours is well-thumbed already.