Word court: wherein verbal virtue is rewarded, crimes against the language are punished, and poetic justice is done
In 1993, the Atlantic Monthly's senior editor Barbara Wallraff began answering grammar questions on America Online. Instantaneously the site became one of AOL's most popular forums, as questions, and responses to Wallraff's responses, came flooding in. This vibrant exchange became the bimonthly "Word Court" in the Atlantic Monthly, and the "Miss Manners of Grammar" was born. In Word Court, Wallraff moves beyond her column to tackle common and uncommon items, establishing rules for such issues as turns of phrase, slang, name usage, punctuation, and newly coined vocabulary. With true wit, she deliberates and decides on the right path for lovers of language, ranging from classic questions-is "a historical" or "an historical" correct?-to awkward issues-How long does someone have to be dead before we should all stop calling her "the late"? Should you use "like" or "as"-and when? The result is a warmly humorous, reassuring, and brilliantly perceptive tour of how and why we speak the way we do.
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Review: Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is DoneUser Review - Meg - Goodreads
I really rather liked the format of the book, but I was hoping for a bit of a different book. Rather than grouping rules together, it's more of an index where you can look up idyoms, and common ... Read full review
Review: Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is DoneUser Review - Goodreads
An editor of The Atlantic who also writes the "Word Court" column holds forth on style and grammar. Readable, entertaining, and helpful.
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