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Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language Paperback – May, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arbutus Press (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096653168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966531688
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,414,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sheehan does it all-figures of speech, history of the language, punctuation, spelling, usage, writing tips-with accuracy and humor." -- Doug Stanton, author of "In Harm's Way", May 2004

"Sheehan...succeeds because he has the wit of a class clown and the erudication of a venerable English Professor." -- Steve Cook, Production Director, WTCM Radio

"Travel with Michael on his joy ride through language. He's the English teacher you wish you had had. -- Richard Lederer, author of "A Man of My Words", May 2004

About the Author

Michael Sheehan taught English classes for 26 years in the City Colleges of Chicago. He is a member of the Society of Midland Authors, the Dictionary Society of North American, and Michigan Writers.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Pearman on June 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Words to the Wise," in my opinion, is much more useful than "Eats, Shoots and Leaves." There are a couple of reasons for this.
First of all, the British book contains a number of punctuation rules which simply don't apply in America; quotation marks are handled differently on each side of the Atlantic, for instance.
Secondly, Sheehan's book doesn't limit itself merely to punctuation, as Truss' book does. He gets into word meanings, the origin of phrases, language history, and an incredible range of language humor.
In addition, the format of the book (Q & A) lends itself to easy reading. You don't have to plow through dense chapters to get the answers you need.
This book will serve as my graduation gift to nieces and nephews this season.
Nancy Pearman
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Very cool book, you should enjoy no matter your profession. If you enjoy learning about English and about words and phrases in general, Sheehan has a cool way of putting things and you'll learn a LOT from this author.
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More About the Author

Michael Sheehan retired in 1994 after teaching English for 26 years in the City Colleges of Chicago. He lives in Leelanau County with his artist wife Dona. In his spare time he is a writer, and he does a weekly guest stint on Tuesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 EST on AM 580, WTCM. The show is called Words to the Wise, and it covers the joys and vicissitudes of the English language. It may be heard in real time on streaming audio anywhere in the world by going to wtcmradio.com and clicking on "Play Now." Podcasts are available 24/7 by signing on to the same URL and selecting "The Ron Jolly Show."

He holds an appointment to the Commission on Services to the Aging (MI); his term ends in 2013. He formerly sat on the Board of Advisors of the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan, and he is a member of the Bay Area Senior Advocates.

Mike is a member of the Society of Midland Authors, the Dictionary Society of North America, the American Dialect Society, and Michigan Writers. He maintains a language blog at verbmall.blogspot.com