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Patricia T. O'Conner
Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, has written five books about the English language--the bestselling Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English; Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language (with... show more

Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, has written five books about the English language--the bestselling Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English; Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language (with Stewart Kellerman); Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing; Woe Is I Jr.: The Younger Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English; and You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online (with Stewart Kellerman).
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Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 5 years ago
This was the gift of a writing friend. It attempts to instill grammar, and help you remember those pesky rules by using humor. Chapter headings and subtitles include: COMMA SUTRA: The Joy of Punctuation and THE COMPLETE DANGLER: A Fish Out of Water. I wouldn't call it a joy to read--for me, as with ...
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book reviews forevermore rated it 6 years ago
I'll admit it: I feel grammar and punctuation-challenged, so I didn't groan when I saw this was assigned for my composition class. However, after making my way through most of the book, I have to say I'm disappointed. "National Bestseller" claims my edition. Really?! Really!? This must be one of the...
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it 7 years ago
The English language is a slippery chameleon; it won't stop changing. As with any human activity subject to change, there are the conservatives, the liberals and the oblivious people. Into this fray the husband wife team of Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman have authored this book to make...
immediacy
immediacy rated it 16 years ago
It's one of life's little ironies that you find yourself engaging in things as you grow older that you hated when you were younger. Maybe hate is too strong a word. It wasn't that I hated grammar, but that I really didn't give it much thought, and felt that time spent in English class doing so was w...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 20 years ago
I keep reading books about grammar because I never learned anything about in in school. This one is fun.
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