Woe Is I by Patricia T. O'Conner
The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, 3rd Edition

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Considering the state of the informal dialogue you hear on the street and the bloody psychotic emphasis on cutting sentiments down to fewer and fewer characters, it’s difficult to believe that anyone other than editors and devout wordsmiths would...
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In this new edition of Woe Is I, Patricia T. O’Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles and displays the same lively humor that has charmed and enlightened grateful readers for years. With new chapters on spelling and punctuation, and fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage, Woe Is I offers down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the language mysteries that bedevil all of us:

   • Avoid the persistent (and persistently embarrassing) grammatical errors that bewilder the best andthe brightest
   • Pronounce and spell words that even the smartest people mangle
   • Correctly use hundreds of woefully abused words and phrases


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Patricia T. O'Conner

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PATRICIA T. O'CONNER, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, is a popular author, radio commentator, and blogger. She has written four other books on language and writing: Woe Is I Jr., Words Fail Me, and, with Stewart Kellerman, You Send Me and Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language. O'Conner lives in Connecticut.
 
Published July 27, 2010 by Riverhead Books. 281 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Jul 17 2012

Considering the state of the informal dialogue you hear on the street and the bloody psychotic emphasis on cutting sentiments down to fewer and fewer characters, it’s difficult to believe that anyone other than editors and devout wordsmiths would...

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