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

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982127404
  • ISBN: 1982127406
  • Physical Description: x, 304 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in 2018 in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-290) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Language Note:
Text in English.
Subject: 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.