Author: Mignon Fogarty
Title: Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin 2008
Length: 240 pages, 5 hours 54 minutes
Category: Reference, Grammar
At a Glance: Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty’s, uses her charm and wit to help readers with their grammar usage woes in this awesome reference book.
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Blurb: Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using “who” when a “whom” is called for? Do you avoid the words “affect” and “effect” altogether?Grammar Girl is here to help!Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl is determined to wipe out bad grammar―but she’s also determined to make the process as painless as possible. A couple of years ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. The podcasts have now been downloaded more than twenty million times, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.Written with the wit, warmth, and accessibility that the podcasts are known for, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing covers the grammar rules and word-choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers. From “between vs. among” and “although vs. while” to comma splices and misplaced modifiers, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Chock-full of tips on style, business writing, and effective e-mailing, Grammar Girl’s print debut deserves a spot on every communicator’s desk.
Grammar Girl, as I like to call it, made my heart pitter patter on the first read through and it continues to do so every time I pick it up.
The first book in Mignon Fogarty’s Quick and Dirty Tips series, Grammar Girl came out in 2008 and was quite critically acclaimed upon its release due to Mignon’s awesome website and the website’s large online following. Mignon’s prose is clear. Concise. Witty. Charming as all hell.
Clear due to the fact her usage of grammar is pretty flawless. Concise because a book about grammar could easily be at least a hundred pages longer than Grammar Girl is. Witty due to the fact she uses interesting turns of phrase during the course of the book. And charming as all hell because the witty and other admirable qualities are combined with elements such as her characters Aardvark and Squiggly being used to illustrate what she means.
Aardvark is a blue aardvark and Squiggly a yellow snail, in case anyone was wondering. The two and other characters show up throughout the book to help her get her point across. Those interesting turns of phrase? Most of them, in my opinion, happen in the lead up to these characters being used to get her point across. It makes for a very fun read.
Over the year I’ve owned the e-book, I’ve found myself looking forward to looking things up. More than that. I’ve been rereading parts of the book just for the fun out if. If I am bored and not in the mood for my beloved fiction, my first impulse is to pick up my Nook Glowlight Plus and read a little of this book. I blame Mignon, Aardvark, and Squiggly.
If you like interesting characters and witty, clear prose as a part of your grammar guide. Give this book a try!
Have you ever read a grammar book that you found interesting?