Hello, Login. Visit Our Stores. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When writing a "Dear John: letter, do you fret over whether to hyphenate 'chronic hallitosis'? Have you gotten into trouble misusing who or whom, or worse, lie and lay? Here's some good news for everyone who's ever been bullied into believing they can't speak their own language: The grammar snobs are bluffing.
Half the 'rules' they u When writing a "Dear John: letter, do you fret over whether to hyphenate 'chronic hallitosis'? Half the 'rules' they use to humiliate others are really just judgement calls and the rest they don't even understand themselves. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 28, Riku Sayuj rated it liked it Shelves: r-r-rs. Punctuation, another bugbear, too is pretty darn simple. In fact most of grammar is extremely simple stuff, with just a few confusing gray areas. Casagrande asks the reader to not let this get to them. And if we retreat now, the meanies win.
Grammar Emperors Wear No Clothes Casagrande insists that the rules are at best self-evident and at worst ridiculous. And just to prove her point, she ingress out famous gamer snobs and pulls them down. Even better, with a little confidence you can be the one who puts them in their place. Channel The Hatred! And that is the crux of the book, learn good grammar while being really mean and bashing up your bullies. Stripped of all the foul mouthing, the book is a simple call to learn grammar and not to be intimidated and offended by snobs into ignoring it.
Sure, good way to dress it, but does it work? To an extent, yes. Among all the supposed fun are some well articulated and simple rules that might help make grammar easier for the long-bullied. And, hey, if making a few jokes at rules and getting righteously angry is what it takes to remember, go right ahead, eh? Are You a Snob? Am I one? Yes, of course — anyone who cares for the language is. It is the sense of humor that counts, the idea is to not be snobs that troll.
Also, endeavor to not be too harsh as snobs, because most rules have loopholes, if you are good enough a grammarian. If it is the language you care about and not your own ego, then trolling or bullying the occasional honest mistake is not the answer.
It will only serve to alienate people from good english. It means that our instincts are good and that common sense applies. View all 44 comments. Nov 04, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Having been a proofreader in my "previous life," sending someone's masterpiece back to them all marked up created a LOT of hostility in the workplace! I tried using a pink pen to soften the rejection, but no one was comforted by the color.
Eventually, I convinced these writers that my goal was to make them look good. My bailiwick was punctuation and grammar.
I wasn't questioning their content, but I was trying to polish it up and make it easier for the reader to understand. It was 22 years ago, when I left that position and entered into retirement bliss.
I might add that I gained many friends, while working there, and we all came to appreciate the joint effort to produce a professional product. Since that time, I have grown a bit rusty in an area I always found interesting. Yes, I get excited over punctuation. One of my pet peeves is seeing commas and periods placed outside of quotation marks! She has you laughing as you're learning. The chapters are brief, informative and entertaining. I will be referring back to this little book often.
The memory tends to fade as we do. I'm so certain the people who read this book will enjoy it that I recommend it to everyone who writes anything.
View all 8 comments. Mar 28, Deborah Markus rated it it was amazing. June Casagrande is my personal deity. You should know that before you read the rest of this review or while deciding whether or not to do so. She's funny, she's smart, and she knows when to take grammar seriously and when to tell it to get over itself, already.
I could quote this book like mad -- and, let's face it, I have and will continue to do so. But really, there are only two things you need to know about it. The first is that Casagrande doesn't mind saying that there are plenty of times whe June Casagrande is my personal deity. The first is that Casagrande doesn't mind saying that there are plenty of times when our language hasn't decided what the rules are.
For instance, which of the following is correct: "I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me," or "I appreciate your taking the time to meet with me? Is it correct to say "It is I she loves," or "It is me she loves"?
Here's Casagrande's answer, and boy howdy does she back it up with research: The answer to all these questions and more: Nobody knows. When I say nobody knows, I don't mean that the experts bicker over the right way to do these things. These are not cases in which they simply disagree. These are cases in which they truly don't have a clue. If they tell you otherwise, they're bluffing.
They would like us to believe that they hold such mystical wisdom, but the truth is they're as clueless as the rest of us. Which basically sums up the difference between a grammar nerd, who finds this answer fascinating and a little reassuring, and a grammar snob, who enjoys hitting other people over the head with the force of her rightness and does NOT relish the idea of having to live and let live when it comes to language usage.
This title will either give you a giggle or make your face pucker up like you just bit a lemon. If it's the first, buy this book, because the whole thing is written in exactly this tone. It's ridiculously informative, and you'll enjoy every minute of learning how our language actually works.
If you made the lemon face, buy this book and read it because I want to watch you cry. Either way, long live June Casagrande. And now if you'll excuse me, I have some incense to light. That altar I have set up in the corner is getting chilly.
View all 10 comments. Jun 23, Tanu Gill rated it liked it. It was a fun book, if a bit confusing at times. This is one book that should be kept at your fingertips whenever you are writing something more involved than a shopping list.
Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies A Guide to Language for Fun & Spite
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Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Here's some good news for everyone who's ever been bullied into believing they can't speak their own language: The grammar snobs are bluffing. Half the 'rules' they use to humiliate others are really just judgment calls and the rest they don't even understand themselves. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.
Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun & Spite
Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite
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