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Grammar snobs are great big meanies: a guide to language for fun and spite

Author: Casagrande, June Publisher: Penguin Books, 2006.Language: EnglishDescription: 199 p. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 0143036831Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and glossary
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Print P1000 .EN C37 2006
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Includes bibliographical references and glossary


Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite Contents INTRODUCTION: Grammar Snobs Make Good Prison Brides xv 1. A SNOB FOR ALL SEASONS--Shared Possessives1 2. FOR WHOM THE SNOB TROLLS--"Who"/"Whom" and Why You're Right Not to Care 3. PASSING THE SIMPSONS TEST -- It's "Till," Not "'Til" 6 11 4. TO BOLDLY BLOW -- Only Windbags Fuss over Split Infinitives 14 5. THE SEXY MISTAKE--"To Lay" versus "To Lie" 6. SNOBBERY UP WITH WHICH YOU SHOULD NOT PUT--Prepositions 7. IS THAT A DANGLER IN YOUR MEMO OR ARE YOU JUST GLAD TO SEE ME? 17 21 25 8. AN OPEN LETTER TO SOMEONE WHO KNOWS I ONCE TRIED TO BE A GRAMMAR SNOB BUT FAILED--"Dreamed" versus "Dreamt," "Preventive" versus "Preventative," and Similar Pairs 29 x Contents 9. ANARCHY RULES--"Adviser"/"Advisor," " Titled"/"Entitled," and Other Ways to Be Right and Wrong at the Same Time 32 10. THE COMMA DENOMINATOR Good News: No One Knows How to Use These Things 38 11. SEMICOLONOSCOPY--Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, Hyphens, and Other Probing Annoyances 46 12. THE O.C.: WHERE THE '80S NEVER DIE-- Lessons on the Apostrophe from Behind the Orange Curtain 51 13. GO AHEAD, MAKE UP YOUR OWN WORDS--Prefixes and Suffixes and Why the Dictionary Thinks You're Wrong 55 14. HYPHENS: LIFE-SUCKING, MOM-AND-APPLEPIEHATING, MIME-LOVING, NERD-FIGHTINCITING DAGGERS OF THE DAMNED 61 15. I'LL TAKE "I FEEL LIKE A MORON" FOR $200, ALEX-- When to Put Punctuation Inside Quotation Marks 16. A CHAPTER DEDICATED TO THOSE OTHER DELIGHTS OF PUNCTUATION 17. COPULATIVE CONJUNCTIONS: HOT STUFF FOR THE TRULY DESPERATE--Conjunctions to Know and Conjunctions That Blow 18. R U UPTITE?--Shortcuts in the Digital Age and the Meanies Who Hate Them 19. LITERALLY SCHMITERALLY -- 69 72 77 80 83 Contents xi 20. HOW TO DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN THE NINTH GRADE AND STILL MAKE BIG BUCKS TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO USE GOOD GRAMMAR--"That" versus "Which" 21. WELL, WELL, AREN'T YOU GOOD?-- Adverbs Love Action 22. FODDER FOR THOSE MOTHERS"Irregardless" and Other Slipups We Nonsnobs Can't Afford 23. I WISH I WERE BATGIRL--The Subjunctive Mood 24. MOMMY'S ALL WRONG, DADDY'S ALL WRONG--The Truth about "Cans" and " Dones" 86 92 94 97 103 25. THE KIDS ARE ALL WRONG--"Alright," Dropping "The" Before "the The," Where to Put your "Only," and Other Lessons from the World of Rock 'n' Roll 108 26. HOW TO IMPRESS BRAD PITT--" Affect" versus "Effect" 115 27. AND YOU TOO CAN BEGIN SENTENCES WITH "AND," "SO," "BUT," AND "BECAUSE" 119 2 8 . Y O U R B O S S I S N O T J E S U S -- Possessives and Words Ending in "S," "X," and "Z" 120 29. THE SILENCE OF THE LINGUISTS--Double Possessives and Possessives with Gerunds 30. I'M WRITING THIS WHILE NAKED-- The Oh-So-Steamy Predicate Nominative 125 130 xii Contents 31. I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE GET THIS ONE RIGHT--"May" versus "Might," "Different From" versus "Different Than," "Between" versus "Among," and Other Problematic Pairs 133 32. A BACKYARD BARBECUE IN THE BACK YARD, A FRONT­YARD BARBECUE IN THE FRONT YARD--The Magical Moment When Two Words Become One 33. HOW TO NEVER, EVER OFFEND ANYONE WITH INADVERTENTLY SEXIST OR RACIST LANGUAGE 34. COMPLETE SENTENCES? OPTIONAL! 139 145 150 35. IT'S/ITS A CLASSROOM DITZ-- Or How I Learned to Stop Fuming and Love the Jerkwad 152 36. EIGHT, NINE, 10, 11--How to Write Numbers 37. IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T IRK A SNOB, TRY AND TRY AGAIN--"Try To" versus "Try And" 38. EXPRESS LANE OF PAIN-- "Less Than" versus "Fewer Than" 156 159 161 39. AGREE TO DIS A MEANIESubject-Verb Agreement, Conjugating Verbs for "None" and "Neither," and Other Agreement Issues 164 40. THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLAUSE--Pronouns That Are Objects and Subjects, "Each Other" versus "One Another," and More Evidence That the "Experts" Aren't Al They're Cracked Up to Be 168 Contents xiii 41. SATAN'S VOCABULARY 42. YOU REALLY CAN LOOK IT UP ACKNOWLEDGMENTS SOURCES 172 190 195 197

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