Comma Sense: A Fun-damental Guide to Punctuation

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Macmillan, Jul 10, 2007 - Humor - 160 pages
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Are you confounded by commas, addled by apostrophes, or queasy about quotation marks? Do you believe a bracket is just a support for a wall shelf, a dash is something you make for the bathroom, and a colon and semicolon are large and small intestines? If so, language humorists Richard Lederer and John Shore (with the sprightly aid of illustrator Jim McLean), have written the perfect book to help make your written words perfectly precise and punctuationally profound.
Don't expect Comma Sense to be a dry, academic tome. On the contrary, the authors show how each mark of punctuation--no matter how seemingly arcane--can be effortlessly associated with a great American icon: the underrated yet powerful period with Seabiscuit; the jazzy semicolon with Duke Ellington; even the rebel apostrophe with famed outlaw Jesse James. But this book is way more than a flight of whimsy. When you've finished Comma Sense, you'll not only have mastered everything you need to know about punctuation through Lederer and Shore's simple, clear, and right-on-the-mark rules, you'll have had fun doing so. When you're done laughing and learning, you'll be a veritable punctuation whiz, ready to make your marks accurately, sensitively, and effectively.

 

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Review: Comma Sense: A Fun-damental Guide to Punctuation

User Review  - Helen - Goodreads

What a hilarious book! Who would have thought that punctuation could be funny? The authors, Richard Lederer and John Shore, did not want this book to be tedious and boring so they presented the ... Read full review

Review: Comma Sense: A Fun-damental Guide to Punctuation

User Review  - Gary Geiger - Goodreads

I can get more info on punctuation from a dictionary without Richard Lederer's lame attempts at humor. The Rich Lederer who trumpeted Bert Blyleven's as a Hall of Fame pitcher could have done a better job! Read full review

Contents

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II
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III
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IV
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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
55
X
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XV
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About the author (2007)

Richard Lederer is the author of more than thirty books on the English language, including Anguished English, A Man of My Words, and Word Wizard. His syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines nationwide and he is a language commentator on public radio.
John Shore is the author of I'm OK---You're Not: The Message We're Sending Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop, and Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang.
Both authors live in San Diego, California.

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