The Complete Plain Words
This is a copy of the book The Complete Plain Words as authored by Sir Ernest Gowers.
The book serves as a style guide and a guide to writing simple, "proper" English. Originally written at the behest of the Treasury, The Complete Plain Words has been in print since its original publication in 1954.
This work is in the public domain as of 2016.
Chapter 1: Prologue
Chapter 2: A Digression on Legal English
Chapter 3: The Elements
Chapter 4: Correctness
Chapter 5: Introductory
Chapter 6: Avoiding the Superfluous Word
Chapter 7: Choosing the Familiar Word
Chapter 8: Choosing the Precise Word
Chapter 9: The Handling of Words
Chapter 10: Punctuation
Chapter 11: Epilogue