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reviewed Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The U.... June 08, 2013
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story
   For my next non-fiction project, I'm been rummaging around in  paleolinguistics and paleohistory: I'll tell you just why in a future post.  Suffice to say that my most recent …
reviewed Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The U.... February 07, 2011
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story
Middle school English teachers, close your ears:  McWhorter is about to tell us in this small volume why English grammar is messed up and why it isn't such a big deal.  McWhorter, a professional …
reviewed Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The U.... September 02, 2010
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story
Pros: Brief, presents new ideas in a relaxed but scholarly way      Cons: Can be snide at times      The Bottom Line: This book is excellent for those interested …
reviewed Urban Dictionary. August 18, 2010
Urban Dictionary
>> Key take-away: The Urban Dictionary is a go-to resource for anyone older than 31. <<      In your twenties, the chances are that you have some remaining connection to …
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... July 15, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
Any book that can make grammar fun... wait, I think this is the only book. So cool. Really enjoyed this one.
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... July 04, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
A delight for a pedant old grammarian like myself. Lazy language -- born in America, migrating to every point on the globe -- needs to be eschewed wherever possible. Truss' observations are witty, delightful, …
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... July 04, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
An entertaining and educational read!
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... July 02, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
Definitely funny for anyone who has studied or struggled with English.
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... June 29, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
A wonderful, humorous little book - also extremely useful.
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... June 25, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
Fantastic book for those, like myself, with a comma dragon to conquer.
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... June 24, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
Love English, this book cracks me up.
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... June 21, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
Learned about this one from Levenger. Laughed like a maniac!
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
I have never mastered punctuation. I have found it mind numbingly dull. With that said, I simply laughed out loud at this cranky little book. Truss even made me aware of what I was laughing at, which …
posted a Quick Tip about Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... May 19, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
Fun & painless learning (and explained the Lands' End logo).
posted a Quick Tip about Urban Dictionary. April 15, 2010
Urban Dictionary
Click here to read my other Quick Tip on the Urban Dictionary.      I use "Urban Dictionary" to look up the meanings of slang Spanish words in Chicana literature. It is a …
posted a Quick Tip about Urban Dictionary. April 15, 2010
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Urban Dictionary
Click here to read my other Quick Tip on the Urban Dictionary.      I looked up my name and it means "a name of someone who is very pretty" and "Is the name of a very …
posted a Quick Tip about Urban Dictionary. April 15, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
Urban Dictionary
Look up your name on Urban Dictionary. I dare you.
reviewed Dictionary for Yankees and Other Uned.... March 05, 2010
Dictionary for Yankees and Other Uneducated People
The facts are that only a Pole can make Polish jokes, only an Italian can make jokes belittling Italians and only people from the south can write books belittling the speech patterns of uneducated people …
reviewed Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... January 23, 2010
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
Lynn Truss, a proud, self-proclaimed snobbish pedant, makes no bones about the fact that her short book, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" is really an extended essay on pedantry - a style book, a prescriptive …
reviewed The Secret Life of Words: How English.... December 02, 2009
The Secret Life of Words
   I found The Secret Life of Words, How English became English, (Henry Hitchings, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY, 2008, 440 pp.), completely by accident in a used book store. It was a $27.00 …
reviewed Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue. September 07, 2009
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
Ever since I started trying to learn other languages than my native English, I've been struck by what a thief English is, full of words borrowed without a by-your-leave from Latin, German, French, Spanish, …
reviewed Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Toler.... April 21, 2009
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach
As someday it may happen that a victim must be found,   She's got a little list -- she's got a little list   Of illiterate offenders who might well be underground,   And …
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story
Creoles: not only in the tropics do they permeate English. Since Celtic times, and perhaps Proto-Germanic via the Phoenicians, our native language's warped like any other. "While the Vikings were mangling …
reviewed Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde.... December 23, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to
Interesting insights into why and how we spell continues my recent thread on English (and specifically American) language    The American Language-4th Editin  Websterisms: …
reviewed Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde.... August 29, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to
Wolman writes with passion about the history of the English language, the effects of printing and even of particular printers, of the quest for dictionaries, and about spelling reform movements. Those …
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