- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Trade; Reprint edition (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573226254
- ISBN-13: 978-1573226257
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 332 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English Reprint Edition
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Written by Patricia T. O'Conner, an editor at the New York Times Book Review, Woe Is I gives lighthearted, witty instruction on the subject most of us dreaded in school--grammar. Discussion is brief and concise, and much more engaging than the grammar books you may remember. With chapter titles such as "Woe is I: Therapy for Pronoun Anxiety," "Your Truly: The Possessive and the Possessed," "Verbal Abuse: Words on the Endangered List," "Comma Sutra; The Joy of Punctuation," and "Death Sentence: Do Cliches Deserve to Die?," O'Conner proves that even grammar can make for entertaining reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This grammar book has a twist?it's fun. O'Connor, a copy editor and book reviewer for the New York Times and guest columnist for William Safire, gives readers a witty and humorous look at grammar and the oddities of the English language in a way that doesn't intimidate or bore the reader. Chapter headings offer such gems as "Plurals Before Swine," "Comma Sutra," and "The Compleat Dangler." And what makes this book such a pleasure to read are whoppers of sloppy usage such as "Born at the age of forty three, the baby was a great comfort to Mrs. Wooster" and cliches like "mass exodus. As opposed to an exodus of one? In most cases, exodus alone is enough." Highly recommended.?Lisa J. Cihlar, Winfield P.L., Ill.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Enter "Woe is I," a first-rate grammar reference book (or read several pages at once). It provides just enough discussion and explanation for things to make sense, while omitting the tedious jargon-filled details that make your eyes cross. Other grammar books assume a level of knowledge of "grammar-speak" that I just don't possess. So if like me, you need your explanations served up in straight-forward English, this is the book for you. Bonus: as other reviews mention, her examples are amusing, making for engaging and entertaining reading as well.
What has been valuable to me (so far)? I'm well on my way to losing my apostrophe phobia, I'm beginning to look for excuses to use the "unloved" semicolon, and I have real hope that I may get my verb tenses right - consistently.
I bought the hard copy version (only because the third revision Kindle version was not offered at that time), but I now own - and use - both. Yes, it's that kind of book.
Anyone who is a proofreader, copy editor, writer or blogger could benefit from this quick read. Used as a reference it keeps you on top of changes that others might or might not know. I have it in my Kindle and breeze through it often to remind myself of great grammar usage. And Patricia O'Conner doesn't talk with a thick accent like my college grammar professor did--at times I could barely understand the words coming from his mouth, not the case with this handy reference guide.