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“To be sure, this is not a book for readers who might have an aversion to foul language or references to drugs and sex. Its 96 pages are replete with hilarious references, but don’t let that discourage you―Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen have ensured that naughty words serve the noble purpose of promoting good grammar.” ―The Weekly Standard

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Grammar nerds Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen are the cofounders of The F*cking Word of the Day.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031258377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312583774
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a writing enthusiast, I purchased the original Elements of Style nearly 5 years ago. I never made it past the first 5 pages. It literally bored me to sleep every time I tried reading it. Needless to say, I gave up on optimizing my sentence structure and grammar and Strunk & White's work has sat on my bookshelf collecting dust for the last 5 years.

Then I saw this book at the local bookstore, read the first 5 pages, bought it, and finished it that day. Absolutely hilarious; both intensely clever and witty while still providing the much needed knowledge in an easy to digest format. Then I figured since I had both versions, why not have some fun and do a little comparing to see how much Baker and Hansen snipped out from the original? After all, this version was much thinner. So I went through and compared the topics of each book side by side. Lo and behold, Baker & Hansen stayed true to Strunk & White's version on EVERY POINT. They simply reworded each topic's explanation to a wittier version which usually included drugs, sex and lots of cursing. The things they omitted were issues that I realized weren't as applicable to modern day language anymore. Yet the fundamental rules they discussed remained unchanged.

Now here's where things get really interesting:

In the side by side comparison of both books, I found myself reading through and highlighting Strunk & White's original. In the course of an hour, I had literally read & highlighted Strunk & White's book cover to cover. A book that had been sitting on my shelf for 5 years because I couldn't bring myself to get through 5 pages was suddenly devoured and fully understood in an hour.

So here's my two cents: The humor of this book is awesome.
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I'd bet the house that this is the funniest and easiest book on grammar in print. It is VERY raunchy; most of the examples refer to either graphic sex or drug use. But, it is an awesome read for someone that writes for a living and wants to spruce up their style and grammar while also experiencing some degree of enjoyment.

Think "Jackass" meets grammar and you'll get the picture. I simply can't find anything wrong with it.
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As an editor known to swear a blue streak, I was really looking forward to this book. I liked the concept of turning an old classic into "a helpful parody." Unfortunately, the humor was more misogynistic than I could look beyond. Drug jokes...OK. Sexual jokes...fine. But the male/female examples were far from even-handed. My guess is that Mr. Baker and Mr. Hansen met in a fraternity or something.

Considering the number of female editors and writers out there (all four editors on our technical editing staff are female), these guys really blew it for this potential audience.
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A while ago, Karen Conlin recommended this style guide, and I thought it just might work for me. See, I’m pretty useless when it comes to learning and remembering the rules of the English language. I am particularly useless when it comes to participial phrases(pp). It’s pretty shameful how often Karen marked “nope” throughout A Hero’s Birth because I had messed up and had the pp pointing to the wrong thing. I understand why it’s wrong. I can see that it’s wrong when it’s pointed out to me. I know how to fix it. But can I find the mistake on my own? Not a chance.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I already knew a lot of the rules in this book. But even when I knew the rule, I still read what they had to say about it, because this book is hilarious! I got to the part where they congratulate you for finishing the book, and continued reading the back end stuff because everything they wrote was so funny. I believe this book had more sex and drugs than the movie Blow. It’s not for sensitive people at all. It’s fairly sexist, racist, and probably other -ists, too. While inappropriate (what do you expect from a ” helpful parody” style guide with the word f*cking in the title?), the examples certainly stay in your mind.

If you’re like me – a lout when it comes to grammar and style – you owe it to yourself to pick up this book and give it a gander. I imagine I’ll read through it a couple more times to a) laugh and, b) try to drill the lessons into my brain.
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By 5x5 on February 4, 2012
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I studied journalism in college so I'm a bit of a grammar nerd (yes, I'm one of those people who will only text in complete sentences.) 4 years post college, I bought this book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised with how great it is.

Not only does it cover the very basics such as active vs passive voice, agreement between nouns and verbs, and paragraph construction, but it also has more advanced topics like when to use a dash vs a semicolon.

It's also pretty damn hilarious.

Highly recommended for any high school and college student who needs a little help in the grammar department or any one who just wants an amusing book to improve their writing.
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This book is fun for anyone interested in English grammar. It should become part of school curriculum around grade three to four, the time children are taught grammar, as it would make it much more interesting for them to learn correct grammar usage. However, it should be "must reading" for sports commentators as this group is guilty of making terrible on-air grammar mistakes, fumbling and stumbling over themselves in an effort to sound impressive but the result is often the opposite!
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