literature : Common Errors in English


Businesspeople like to refer to advertising brochures and instructional manuals as “literature.” This drives writers and literary scholars nuts, but who else cares? If you should happen to be trying to sell a product to a bunch of English majors, don’t offer them “literature” about it unless it was written by a distinguished author.
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  • n  creative writing of recognized artistic value
  • n  the humanistic study of a body of literature
  • n  published writings in a particular style on a particular subject
    the technical literature
    one aspect of Waterloo has not yet been treated in the literature
  • n  the profession or art of a writer
    her place in literature is secure
News & Articles

  • Summer Words goes to China and beyond
    The Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s annual Summer Words Literary Festival returns this weekend and features programs all week focused on the literature of China while also showcasing acclaimed American writers. read more
    June 15, 2013 - Aspen Daily News
  • Media Contacts
    One of the most important differences between my book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, and the conventional literature on health policy is my belief that patients should be encouraged to choose between healthcare and other uses of money. And that’s not just for small expenses.
    June 14, 2013 - National Center For Policy Analysis
  • Franklin Regional receives little feedback about literature anthologies
    By Daveen Rae Kurutz, Murrysville Star Franklin Regional parents and community members have given little feedback on a series of literature anthologies slated to be used at the high school this ...
    June 12, 2013 - The Mckeesport Daily News