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

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Penguin, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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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.

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

User Review  - Fraser Kinnear - Goodreads

Very funny writing! Most of the book is grammar/usage rules that I had forgotten immediately after 7th grade English. Each rule is illstrated with some funny/witty examples. I'm too lazy to copy the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Brianna - Goodreads

Pedantic and offensive in places. Shitting on AAVE, really? Come the fuck on. Some parts were helpful, though, and overall easy to understand. Will be scanning some parts to use to make grammar packets for the students I tutor, but other than that. Eh. Read full review

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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.

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