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Woe Is I : the Grammarphobe's Guide To Better English in Plain English - New and Exp. ((2ND)03 - Old Edition)

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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:
  • Woe Is I: Therapy for Pronoun Anxiety
  • Plurals Before Swine: Blunders with Numbers
  • Yours Truly: The Possessives and the Possessed
  • They Beg to Disagree: Putting Verbs in Their Place
  • Verbal Abuse: Words on the Endangered List
  • Comma Sutra: The Joy of Punctuation
  • The Compleat Dangler: A Fish out of Water
  • Death Sentence: Do Clichés Deserve to Die?
  • The Living Dead: Let Bygone Rules Be Gone
  • Saying Is Believing: How to Write What You Mean
  • E-Mail Intuition: Does Anything Go?

Review:

"While the volume is certainly handy to someone struggling with grammar basics...the "Verbal Abuse" section will appeal to language experts and purists." Booklist

Review:

"Lighthearted and funny...It's like Strunk and White combined with S.J. Perelman." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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:
  • Avoid the persistent (and persistently embarrassing) grammatical errors that bewilder the best and the brightest
  • Pronounce and spell words that even the smartest people mangle
  • Correctly use hundreds of woefully abused words and phrases

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573222525
Subtitle:
The Thinking Personand#146;s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Author:
O'conner, Patricia T.
Author:
O'Conner, Patricia T.
Author:
O'Connor, Patricia T.
Author:
Pinker, Steven
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
English language
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
English language -- Grammar.
Subject:
English language -- Usage.
Subject:
General Reference
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
20140930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 cartoons throughout
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.6 in 0.44 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573222525 Reviews:
"Review" by , "While the volume is certainly handy to someone struggling with grammar basics...the "Verbal Abuse" section will appeal to language experts and purists."
"Review" by , "Lighthearted and funny...It's like Strunk and White combined with S.J. Perelman."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
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:
  • Avoid the persistent (and persistently embarrassing) grammatical errors that bewilder the best and the brightest
  • Pronounce and spell words that even the smartest people mangle
  • Correctly use hundreds of woefully abused words and phrases
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