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The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better: A ... Who Should Know Better (Social Science) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Thomas Parrish

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18. Oktober 2002 Social Science
Do you commit apostrophe atrocities? Are you tormented by the lie/lay conundrum? Do you find yourself stuck between floaters and danglers? Do your subjects and your verbs refuse to agree? If so, you're not alone. Some of the most prominent professionals in TV broadcasting and at major newspapers and magazines-people who really should know better-are guilty of making all-too-common grammatical errors. In this delightfully amusing, clever guide, Thomas Parrish points out real-life grammar gaffes from top-notch publications such as the New York Times and the New Yorker to illustrate just how widespread these errors are. With red pen in hand, Parrish's fictional friend the Grouchy Grammarian leads the charge, examining the forty-seven most common mistakes in English and imparting the basics of good grammar with a charming mixture of fussiness and common sense. All of which makes The Grouchy Grammarian the most entertaining, accessible how-not-to guide you'll ever read.

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"...this is a lighthearted but highly effective reminder for anyone looking to avoid the pitfalls of the English language..."(Good Book Guide, June 2003)

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An entertaining guide to the most common errors in English In this engaging, opinionated take on the parlous state of the English language, Thomas Parrish's fictional friend "The Grouchy Grammarian" examines forty-seven of the most common mistakes in English from apostrophe atrocities to the lie/lay conundrum. Using examples of errors found in major newspapers, magazines, and TV broadcasts, the Grammarian explains basic elements of grammar and good writing that many of our foremost journalists (and the rest of us) occasionally forget. With red pencil in hand, he's compiled a surprising list of gaffes, careless errors, and grammatical mistakes to prove his point. Above all, he cautions readers to think about what words mean and to think about what they are trying to say. Persnickety, hilarious, and always right, The Grouchy Grammarian is a lighthearted guide for anyone looking to avoid the pitfalls of ungrammatical writing.

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25 von 27 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen More informative than grouchy! 30. Oktober 2002
Von capitol reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
"The Grouchy Grammarian" is not a grouchy book. Parrish's fictional curmudgeon limits his irritation to public figures and national media outlets for spreading grammatical errors and "infelicities" throughout the populace. Parrish constructively channels his alter-ego's concerns, and the result is enlightening rather than chastening. Among usage guides, this one is particularly helpful for three reasons:
1) Each topic is covered in a short chapter, and each chapter ends with a summary so you can learn a lot quickly.
2) Parrish includes a thorough index, and a thoughtful annotated bibliography of guides to language, writing and usage.
3) Parrish clearly explains why usage glitches are glitches. Now that I understand what NOT to do, I don't have to laboriously memorize rules about what to do. Rote memorization of grammar rules never worked for me--I resemble the student in "Up the Down Staircase" who complains that "semicolons don't stick to my head."
I wish all people who worry about "weak", "watery" assaults upon English had mediators like Parrish to absorb their ire and deftly convey their championship and knowledge of precise language.
21 von 23 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen A passionate guide on how-not-to write. 23. Juni 2004
Von M. E. Volmar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In "The Grouchy Grammarian," historian and long-time editor Thomas Parrish offers an easy-to-read, informational, entertaining and blithesome reference filled with advice on how to avoid 47 of the most common mistakes in English grammar.
Each topic is covered in a short chapter with a handy summary at the end for quick check-ups, and each is humorously presented through the point of view of the author's alter ego, The Grouch, a clever, witty, and very opinionated fictional curmudgeon who is a self-proclaimed guardian of grammar and calls errors "infelicities to be corrected."
Not only will The Grouch teach you the rules of grammar, usage and good writing, reinforcing his point by ruthlessly citing real-life examples of grammatical gaffes, careless errors, and basic mistakes taken from the blunders of some of today's best-known newspapers, magazines, and TV broadcasts, he will also make your learning experience enjoyable by having you laugh, chuckle or at least smile at his passionate remarks and his quixotic personality.
As a bonus, for those who wish to go deeper into the subject, the book includes a vast bibliography, and a thorough index for quick consultations.
Overall, this is an excellent resource that combines narrative and reference to help you learn or review the elements of precise writing that are most often forgotten, also throwing in for good measure some general and common sense advice on writing.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Teaches you how to speak and write clearly without mistakes. 26. April 2003
Von Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Contrary to the title, this book is not some esoteric grammar book. It it a way to help you express your thoughts in writing and speech without redundancy or embarassing common errors. The writer is very reasonable and modern, not some old man just complaining about the demise of proper English, but someone truly attempting to help journalists, broadcatsers, and everyone avoid some of the simplest, but most common, mistakes made. You will also enjoy the humorous examples from the AP and New York Times.
P.S.: slightly short on correct examples or full explanations sometimes, but still a 5 STAR BOOK and a MUST-READ for anyone
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5.0 von 5 Sternen We've Needed This Book For A Long Time 13. Februar 2004
Von Chris Frost - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
If you've ever struggled with the proper placement of an apostrophe, or the usage of "lie" or "lay", or the difference between "compliment" and "complement", this book is for you. Most English-speaking people can't speak English. Perhaps they slept through every single English class they took. Perhaps they just don't care. It's written in a very humorous, readable style that will keep you interested rather than putting you to sleep. And with all the examples of atrocious grammatical errors, it will show people just how ridiculous they sound when they can't be bothered to get it right. Every chapter has something in it that will at least get a giggle out of you. I found it especially amusing after reading his numerous bashings of editors and proofreaders, to find that his own proofreader apparently wasn't paying too much attention on page 131. This book should be required reading for anyone who speaks English and for those that only think they do. Read it, learn it, and apply it. If it doesn't actually make you smarter, at least it will make you sound smarter.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Right topic, wrong treatment 23. April 2003
Von Roy A. Birk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book purports to be a "how-not-to" guide to errors in writing and speaking, but could just as easily be written in list form. While the author highlights a number of errors we should all try to avoid, the book is short on grammar rules. In fact, chapters in which a grammar rule is stated outright are few and far between. Moreover, quite a few of the chapters are on very petty "mistakes," which other works, such as The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage, do not treat as errors. As it is, the book comes across more as a rant against people who do not speak and write as "the grouchy grammarian" speaks and writes, and his style is seemingly quite terse.
Still, the book should be required reading for all English and journalism majors in colleges and those people already working in related fields. A good grammar book and a dictionary of English usage would be complementary.
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