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Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English


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Publisher Comments:

The witty, bestselling grammar book that taught a nation better English is revised, updated, and e x p a n d e d for the new millennium, with fresh dos and don'ts in every chapter. Plus a word to the wired-a whole new chapter on language in the age of e-mail.

Unlike, say, Latin, English is a living language-and, like all living things, it grows, it changes, and it can be messy and confusing. And now Woe Is I has grown and changed too. Here's the latest and greatest on the basics and subtleties of the language from America's beloved grammar guru Patricia T. O'Conner. She's renovated her classic, using plain English to un-tangle the knottiest of problems, skipping the kind of jargon that tempted you to cut your high school English class. Run, don't walk, to your local bookstore.

Book News Annotation:

A lighthearted guide written for the grammatically challenged (that includes just about everyone) giving straight advice on the most common mistakes made by writers. O'Conner (copy editor, The New York Times Book Review considers pronouns, split infinitives, subject verb agreement, and cliches, handing over understandable, adult explanations devoid of jargon and dashed with humor e.g. "alright. No, alright is not all right--it's all wrong." The volume has been selected as a Book-of-the-Month Alternate Selection.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-218) and index.

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

The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English
O'Conner, Patricia T.
O'Connor, Patricia T.
O'Conner, Patricia T.
Putnam Adult
New York :
English language
English language -- Usage -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
v. 5.
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
8.38x5.44x.97 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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