Woe Is I
The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English
Baker & Taylor
A non-technical guide to English grammar and style reveals the underlying logic of the language with the help of examples organized according to specific problems
A lighthearted guide written for the grammatically challenged (that includes just about everyone) giving straight advice on the most common mistakes made by writers. O'Conner (copy editor, The New York Times Book Review considers pronouns, split infinitives, subject verb agreement, and cliches, handing over understandable, adult explanations devoid of jargon and dashed with humor e.g. "alright. No, alright is not all right it's all wrong." The volume has been selected as a Book-of-the-Month Alternate Selection. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Blackwell North Amer
Lovers of the language, unite! 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.
Woe Is I is a survival guide for people who want a clear, simple, elegant introduction to good usage. Charming, amusing, sensible, modern, this book is a gift of clarity and good humor.
Most of us don't know a gerund from a gerbil and don't care, but we like to speak and write as though we did. Grammar is mysterious to each of us in a different way. Some very smart people mess up pronouns, and there are brilliant souls who can't spell. Many people can't tell the difference between it's and its. Others go out of their way to avoid using quotation marks. Whatever your particular boo-boo, Woe Is I can help you fix it without hitting you over the head with a lot of technical jargon. No heavy lifting, no assembly required.
In a witty, non-technical guide to English grammar and style, a copy editor at The New York Times Book Review reveals the underlying logic of the language with help of hilarious examples organized according to specific problems. 35,000 first printing.
New York : Putnam's, c1996
xii, 227 p. ; 22 cm