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Have you eaten grandma? : or, the life-saving importance of correct punctuation, grammar, and good English / Gyles Brandreth.

Author/Creator:
Brandreth, Gyles Daubeney, 1948- author.
Other Title:
Life-saving importance of correct punctuation, grammar, and good English
Edition:
First Atria books hardcover edition.
Publication:
New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019. , ©2018
Format/Description:
Book
x, 304 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects:
English language -- Grammar.
English language -- Errors of usage.
English language -- Punctuation.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Grammar & Punctuation.
HUMOR -- Topic -- Business & Professional.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Writing -- Composition.
English language -- Errors of usage.
English language -- Grammar.
English language -- Grammar.
English language -- Errors of usage.
Language:
Text in English.
Summary:
A style manual for English speakers on both sides of the Atlantic identifies the common mistakes and correct usage of everything from dangling participles to transitive verbs.
Our language is changing, literary levels are declining, and our grasp of grammar is at a crisis point. From commas to colons, apostrophes to adverbs, there are countless ways we can make mistakes when writing or speaking. But do not despair! Great Britain's most popular grammar guru has created the ultimate modern manual for English speakers on both sides of the Atlantic. In this brilliantly funny and accessible guide to proper punctuation and so much more, Gyles Brandreth explores the linguistic horrors of our times, tells us what we've been doing wrong and shows us how, in the future, we can get it right every time. Covering everything from dangling participles to transitive verbs, from age-old conundrums like "lay" vs. "lie," to the confounding influences of social media on our everyday language, Have You Eaten Grandma? is an endlessly useful and entertaining resource for all. -- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: Language is power
Have you eaten grandma? : basic punctuation
Must dash
hyphen can wait : dashes, hyphens, slashes, and more!
Apostrophe now : apostrophes, possession, and omission
Spelling is big potatoes : spelling rules, prefixes, and silent letters
Of mice & meece & mouses : pluralization and word roots
Yanks away : British versus American English
A bad spell of whether : homophones and heterography
LOL
YOLO
hahaha : abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms
Bad language? : offensive language, slang, and wordplay
The rules : guidance for good communication
Postscript: The language of grammar.
Notes:
Originally published in 2018 in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-290) and index.
Other Edition:
Reproduction of: . 9780241352632 Brandreth, Gyles Daubeney, 1948- London : Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2018
ISBN:
9781982127404
1982127406
9781982127428
OCLC:
1111086703
Publisher Number:
99983129707
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