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GOOD ENGLISH. An informal term for English regarded as all or any of the following: well-spoken, well-written, well-constructed, fluent, effective, a mark of good breeding and social standing, a mark of good education. The term appears from time to time in the title of usage guides, in the sense of good usage: for example, Godfrey Howard's A Guide to Good English in the 1980s (London: Pelham Books, 1985). See BAD ENGLISH, GRAMMAR, STANDARD ENGLISH.