Mortal Syntax: 101 Language Choices That Will Get You Clobbered by the Grammar Snobs--Even If You're Right

Mortal Syntax Language Choices That Will Get You Clobbered by the Grammar Snobs Even If You re Right The only fun friendly and surefire defense against the grammar snobs Having already made a name for herself with Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies now in its fifth printing June Casagrande retur

  • Title: Mortal Syntax: 101 Language Choices That Will Get You Clobbered by the Grammar Snobs--Even If You're Right
  • Author: June Casagrande
  • ISBN: 9780143113324
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • The only fun, friendly, and surefire defense against the grammar snobs Having already made a name for herself with Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, now in its fifth printing, June Casagrande returns with Mortal Syntax, taking on the 101 most frequently attacked usage choices Dedicating one short chapter to each, Casagrande brings her subject to life, teaching EnglishThe only fun, friendly, and surefire defense against the grammar snobs Having already made a name for herself with Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, now in its fifth printing, June Casagrande returns with Mortal Syntax, taking on the 101 most frequently attacked usage choices Dedicating one short chapter to each, Casagrande brings her subject to life, teaching English usage through lively and amusing personal anecdotes Mortal Syntax includes such chapters as I wish I was taller I am continuously watching Simpsons reruns Was it Horton that heard the Who Casagrande s clear and concise lessons with entertaining titles and themes make a potentially prickly subject go down like a spoonful of sugar.

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    1. The short review (long one later, I hope): If you've ever said "I feel badly" and you weren't talking about your lousy Braille skills, you need this book. And if you've ever struggled with when to use "bring" as opposed to "take," you'll be reassured by June Casagrande's sympathetic treatment of the subject. (Hint: choosing between these two words isn't as easy as it looks.) Most important of all, Casagrande gives terrific advice about when being (grammatically) right just isn't worth the fight. [...]

    2. When I was in junior high, I used to read Marilyn vos Someone's Q&A column in Parade magazine. She's some sort of Mensa genius and had a very knowledgeable writing style that, while quite informative, also tried to be funny but only as funny as someone who is explaining quantum physics and such can be. Kind of like teacher-funny. Nevertheless, I always enjoyed and read her weekly column and there's something about June Casagrande's style/voice that reminds me of Marilyn's column. I picture t [...]

    3. This is a rollicking, at times racy, romp through common questions in usage. It is part stand up comedy routine, part self-deprecating missive, and part grammar text. I honestly found myself laughing out loud while reading this. If I were ever to be a writer, I would be proud to have my writing likened to Casagrande's. Many entries are relevant in the creation of a workplace style guide. This one rocks!

    4. I liked this book quite a bit, but I would have enjoyed more grammar and fewer anecdotes. I suppose that would have made it more of a pamphlet than a book, but at times the humorous stories overpowered the subject that was the intended topic. It also reduces its value as a reference book since you have to dig through the humorous story to find the actual lesson. One nice feature, that perhaps helps, is that at the very top of the page she tells you right off the bat whether the usage discussed i [...]

    5. I loved Grammar Snobs. That is, I loved June Casagrande's first book; I have never loved the haughty subjects giving the book its name. Mortal Syntax, however, is no Grammar Snobs.The concept of the two books is the same: short vignettes addressing one issue of grammar at a time is easy-to-understand ways, comparing and contrasting various authorities, and generally making people who correct your grammar look like ignoramuses themselves. This is good. However, unlike in Grammar Snobs, Casagrande [...]

    6. One of the best grammar books in the market! Linguists agree that the English language is a continually changing language. Here are some of the interesting topics that Casagrande covers in her book.AdverbAdverbs modify verbs, as well as adjectives and other adverbs.VerbalFor example, 'reoccur' suggests a one-time repetition while 'recur' suggests a repetition more than once, usually according to some fixed schedule.NounFor example, a 'pretext' is something that is put forward to conceal a truth [...]

    7. The author addresses a lot of key grammar/usage issues that really need addressing. Her initial selection, at least, seems thoughtfully chosen and focuses on the most egregious and most common errors. My major complaint with the book, though, is that her attempts to be funny (and "punny") often obscure the main point of each section. And I'm reluctant to take writing advice--even good writing advice--from an author who obscures her own writing to the point of frustrating her reader. Some of thes [...]

    8. This book is just so much fun. It appeals to those who love and/or want to know more about English grammar, but it's such a delight to read that I'm sure others would enjoy it too. Language is a fascinating thing, and what's considered correct or incorrect, or something in between, changes constantly. It's alive, and June Casagrande knows that. She expresses herself with simplicity. She doesn't have all the answers. But then again, no one does. That's what makes it so interesting.Recommended for [...]

    9. If you're looking to improve your basic grammar skills, I'm not sure this book would be helpful. But if you're already familiar with the basics of grammar and would like to brush up on usage or learn a few new things, this would be a good book for you. I think it's perfectly geared for editors, teachers, and some writers. If you think you have enough grammar knowledge to pick on other people's grammar, this book is for you!

    10. Casagranade's collection of grammatical suggestions and stories are infinitely useful. She certainly cleared up a few misconceptions I had about particular grammatical structures and helped me understand why other phrases just sounded wrong to me. However the humor here often feels labored, which is a shame because when she's "on" she's absolutely hilarious. A solid piece of informative distraction.

    11. Overall interesting and entertaining, though sometimes the humor goes a little too far. Still, I enjoyed the experience and learned about some of my own grammatical mistakes that are worth correcting.

    12. A fun, kind of snarky Grammar book. With examples of words commonly used incorrectly, and words used correctly that people think are incorrect. Haha, was that confusing? Even if it was, just skimming through this book would be entertaining to those who know anything about the English language.

    13. I could probably rate this higher if I didn't try to sit and read straight through it. My favorite part was the example of the usage of "an historic event." The author's verdict:the completely defensible choice of obnoxious poseurs everywhere.

    14. I really like Casagrande's funny and informative style in writing about the confusing aspects of our language. She addresses some of my own pet peeves, which arise from what she calls "youthspeak."

    15. If the inane, pointless stories had been left out and the book was just the grammar stuff, it would have been quite a bit better.

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