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The Elements of F*cking Style: A Helpful Parody Paperback – July 5, 2011
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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
About the Author
Grammar nerds Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen are the cofounders of The F*cking Word of the Day.
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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. However, the true value of this book lies in its ability to teach Strunk & White's book effortlessly. Anyone who wants to become a better writer but just can't seem to get into Strunk & White's book needs to go out and buy this book immediately. HIGHLY recommended.
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.
Think "Jackass" meets grammar and you'll get the picture. I simply can't find anything wrong with it.
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.
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.