5 (Fun) Books to Instantly Improve Your Grammar

5 (Fun) Books to Instantly Improve Your Grammar

Happy Proofreading Day! Go thank an editor, and ensure your participles aren’t dangling. Since reading dry grammar textbooks doesn’t = much fun for even the biggest of grammar nerds, we’ve got five playful, witty books for you that’ll instantly improve your grammar. I promise they’re all just a little more fun to read than The Elements of Style!

‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’- The Little Book That Could

‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’- The Little Book That Could

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When Lynne Truss began to write Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The No-Nonsense Approach to Punctuation, she probably didn’t expect it to become such a best seller. “Certainly I didn’t,” she tells The Guardian. “My last novel sold poorly (and I’d received a large advance), which made me poison as far as another publishing contract was concerned.”     The journey started back in the early 2000s. Truss was working freelance after writing about sports and television for The Times in the 90s, leaving in the aftermath of her sister’s death. Andrew Franklin of Profile Books approached her at a party, where …

Major Oxford Comma Controversy

Major Oxford Comma Controversy

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Iconic author of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman, has weighed in on the new design for Britain’s post-Brexit 50p coin (pictured above). Sure, it’s not the font I would use, but it’s a nice… wait a second. Image via Twitter You all know how strongly I feel about the Oxford comma. It should be there. It should always, always be there. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Philip Pullman has authored seven best sellers, is ranked one of the best British authors of the past fifty years, and has an actual knighthood. I’m in good company. …

Writers Confess Phrases They Overuse

Writers Confess Phrases They Overuse

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John Boyne, legendary author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, tweeted today asking other writers if they’ve wrestled with phrases they overuse, and if so, what they are:     If you’ve done any volume of writing, you can probably relate. Beyond a signature style, authors sometimes have words they use more often, or in this case, concepts and sentence pieces. A surprising number of them have to do with actions the characters are taking. The tweet got an enormous number of responses, causing the topic to trend on twitter. The whole thing gives the impression of characters doing …

Grammar Table Brings Grammar to the Streets

Grammar Table Brings Grammar to the Streets

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Ellen Jovin started Grammar Table on more or less of a whim on September 21st, 2018, in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The idea was simple: sit in a public space with a sign that encourages passersby to ask her questions related to grammar and language. To her surprise, the questions came flooding in.   Image via the buffalo news   Jovin is well qualified for the role. She is a founder of Syntaxis, a communication skills training consultancy, and the creator of a language-learning website called Words & Worlds of New York. She also has a B.A. from …