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Woe Is I : the Grammarphobe's Guide To Better English in Plain English - New and Exp. ((2ND)03 - Old Edition)by Patricia T. O'conner
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The witty, bestselling grammar book that proved English could be fun is now revised, updated, and expanded. There are fresh dos and don'ts throughout, plus a whole new chapter on the ins and outs of e-mail. Woe Is I is a delightfully down-to-earth field guide for anyone who wants to communicate more clearly, in the real world or the virtual one. Help is here, in eleven charming chapters:
"While the volume is certainly handy to someone struggling with grammar basics...the "Verbal Abuse" section will appeal to language experts and purists." Booklist
"Lighthearted and funny...It's like Strunk and White combined with S.J. Perelman." New York Times Book Review
A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?
In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesnand#8217;t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.
In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish.
Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.
In this new edition of Woe Is I, Patricia T. O’Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles and displays the same lively humor that has charmed and enlightened grateful readers for years. With new chapters on spelling and punctuation, and fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage, Woe Is I offers down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the language mysteries that bedevil all of us:
About the Author
Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at the New York Times Book Review, has written for many magazines and newspapers. She is the author of two other books on language and writing, Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing and You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online.
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