|Fowler's Modern English Usage|
A usage guide written by Henry Watson Fowler as a follow-up to his The King's English (1906). When it was published in 1926, it set the standard for all subsequent books of this type.
Note: Robert Burchfield edited the third edition, which was publish in 1996 under the title The New Fowler's Modern English Usage. It is a complete rewrite based on a very different set of principles: Fowler was an Über-prescriptivist. Burchfield is more of a descriptivist.
1. Click here to read Use Value by Barton Swaim, a stout-hearted defence of the usefulness and validity of Fowler's prescriptivism.
Example - Here's an example of the Fowler style from the second edition:
The ugly device of writing x and/or y to save the trouble of writing x or y or both of them is common and convenient in some kinds of official, legal, and business documents, but should not be allowed outside them.