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Fumblerules: A Lighthearted Guide To Grammar And Good Usage Hardcover – March 8, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (March 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040IEM5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,292,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Safire began his writing career as a reporter, became a speechwriter in the Nixon White House, and re-crossed the street to write an Op-Ed column in the New York Times for the next three decades. He also wrote the weekly "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine. He was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the Medal of Freedom.

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Saffire knows his stuff and presents it in an entertaining way.
SallyMJ
Anyone who wants to learn to write for recreation or publication should read this book at least twice.
William D. Hastings
I first saw this great little book years ago, and finally caught up with it.
J. Hauser

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine on February 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Safire definitely knows what he's talking about-and he isn't afraid to tell it to your face, either. I love the cocky attitude of this handbook, and I doubt I'll ever have as much fun learning about grammar and rules again-unless I read another of his books! I've read this book twice-and plan to read it again soon-and it reads like a joke book. It's laugh out loud funny, and his humor is right up my alley (avoid clichés like the plague).

At the beginning of the book, he bluntly tells you to `do as I say, not as I do' which it would behoove you to take notice of, as every chapter title is in itself a grammatical error. (And behoove seems to be his favorite word) For example, the chapter on double negatives is called: Don't use no double negatives. From run-on sentences to using negative statements, this book has it all.With colorful phrases like, `blond enough to make a bishop kick a hole through a stained glass window' and painfully demonstrative examples, this book is for anyone looking for an educational laugh. Safire's point is always clear, straight and to the point, making this one of my favorite books. Don't hesitate, and buy it now! (And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.)

But remember: Never use prepositions to end sentences with.

=^-^=
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William D. Hastings on March 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I first read Fumblerules by William Safire, I wondered where it had been all my life. Safire clearly, succinctly, and in a straightforward manner (with a bit of wit and humor) provides lessons in grammar, punctuation, and composition. It's a wonder and a shame that this isn't a textbook used in elementary school English classes or at least college level composition 101. Anyone who ever has to write a paper for school or business should read this book at least once. Anyone who wants to learn to write for recreation or publication should read this book at least twice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fine Hand on June 17, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This small book is packed with brief, amusing examples of common errors in English and how to correct them. Even in this computer age, it grabs the (limited) attention of the young writer. Safire's wit and ordered thinking shine through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SallyMJ on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite books, and is hilarious. Each chapter has as its title a breaking of the rule. My favorite is "Take the bull by the hand, and stop mixing metaphors". Saffire knows his stuff and presents it in an entertaining way. A fun, fun way to learn -- and remind yourself of -- grammar and writing rules. And I mean that!!!!!!!! (Broken rule: Kill all exclamation points!!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Byte Time on April 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'll put it bluntly, this is a bathroom book at my house. I've even had guests comment on the book and ask me where I got it. The chapters are short with great real world examples, just short enough to read while I finish some other work before it's time to run.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a replacement copy for a borrowed-and-never-returned copy. Safire is always great, and the fumblerules are a good way to remember grammar.
His Political dictionary is a masterpiece
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