The antidote to Eats, Shoots and Leaves - an uproarious and very American language book for those who are tired of getting pulled over by the grammar police
What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? Theyre all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.
Casagrande delivers practical and fun language lessons not found anywhere else, demystifying the subject and taking it back from the snobs. In short, its a grammar book people will actually want to readjust for the fun of it.
A Snob for All Seasons Shared Possessives
Grammar snobs come in two forms: amateur and pro. Amateur
grammar snobs are a lot like amateur gynecologists
they're everywhere, they're all too eager to offer their
and they're anything but gentle. They include the guy at the
party who says, "From where did you get the recipe for this
torte?" and the girl who likes to point out your dangler and
laugh, and the old biddy who was beside herself with malicious
glee the time I accidentally wrote "old bitty."
These people are scary enough, but what's worse is that there also exists a whole crop of cranks who actually make a living at being meanies.
Meet James Kilpatrick, syndicated columnist and grammar grouch extraordinaire. Kilpatrick is a guy who actually writes stuff like, "It is time, once again, for propounding a paean to the period. Heavenly dot! Divine orb! Precious pea of punctuation! ...
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