You have nothing to lose but your niggling worries if you're haunted by whiches, all tensed up, or baffled by whose and who's. O'Conner, a veteran copy editor at The New York Times Book Review, tells all about the underlying logic of our quirky language. With examples that will make you laugh out loud, O'Conner helps us brush up on our English, ...
You have nothing to lose but your niggling worries if you're haunted by whiches, all tensed up, or baffled by whose and who's. O'Conner, a veteran copy editor at The New York Times Book Review, tells all about the underlying logic of our quirky language. With examples that will make you laugh out loud, O'Conner helps us brush up on our English, making each of a little more literate and a lot more at ease with the language.
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-01 The second edition of O'Connor's delightful guide to good English offers a new chapter on e-mail etiquette that ought to make many people-even grammar snobs-feel a tad guilty: "E-mail," she writes, "is no excuse for lousy English." Let your audience determine your attention to tone and mechanics; use salutations and signatures; resist the urge to indiscriminately forward mail; and leave those emoticons and abbreviations at home, she says. Commonsense stuff-but every once in a while, it's nice to be reminded. The rest of the volume is similar to the first: witty, economical and fun to read, it explains the secrets to grammar in refreshingly jargon-free sentences illustrated by numerous examples ("'I assure you,' said the grieving widow, 'I ensured he was insured to the hilt'"). When is "majority" plural, and when singular? How does saying "Trixie loves spaghetti more than I?" mean something completely different than "Trixie loves spaghetti more than me?" While the volume is certainly handy to someone struggling with grammar basics-there are few style guides so breezy-the "Verbal Abuse" section will appeal to language experts and purists, especially those who decry the use of partner as a verb, or grow with a direct object (as in "grow the business"). As for those who like to use dialogue as a verb, "Don't talk to them," O'Connor says. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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