Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, published in 2004, is a book written by best selling author Bill Bryson.
A revised and updated edition of a humorous primer on the English language, expanded for an American audience. The book contains entries on correct and questionable usage, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide for all writers, teachers and whoever is interested in the correct usage of what many see as troublesome words.
Along with discussions of spelling and usage, Bryson includes many examples of incorrect usage from well-known publications and authors. The examples help you understand what it looks like when it's done wrong.
Bryson reminds us that English is actually a messy and uncooperative hybrid language that is full of mistakes and inconsistencies. He encourages writers to ignore convention and flout the rules if they choose, provided they know what those rules are prior to breaking them.