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Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2019
Another thing I like about these books is the language. The author -- calling him simply "Smith" just doesn't seem right -- uses lots of intriguingly esoteric words that I habitually pass over with only a vague understanding of their meaning. But now, with my kindle, I can easily look up the true meanings, and enjoy a very pleasant educational experience. Once, I thought I'd caught him using the word "occasion" incorrectly. However, his usage was vindicated by the fourth definition. It could be a stretch since this definition called for two subjects and he used three, but that's beyond me. He also, with great panache, makes free use of colons, semicolons, and all kinds of different phrases. I can't say whether his confidence is justified as my grammatical education was not that rigorous and I've long forgotten what I did learn. These days I stick to the lowly dash -- I don't think the pundits (hmm, should probably look that one up) have bothered making up too many rules for them. I don't worry about misusing parentheses -- that's just good fun. But to claim the high ground with colons and semicolons, and then have an error exposed would be more humiliation than I'm willing to risk I do admire his courage, and I can say that even though his sentences sometimes get very long, I never get lost.