The Grouchy Grammarian. A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes in English Made by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know. Review of ‘The Grouchy Grammarian’ by Thomas Parrish. The Hardcover of the The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes in English Made by Journalists.

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Apr 30, Anne Calvert rated it it was ok. Just a moment while grouchg sign you in to your Goodreads account. However, I also learned a lot from this book. Grsmmarian has been going a bit more slowly this week, as I have been a bit under the weather. Do you commit apostrophe atrocities? Parrish assumes the persona of a reasonable go-between, someone moving easily between the grammatically-challenged and the scowling figure – imagined yet feared – of the lexical inquisitor.

And while the violence seems excessive to me, it is my understanding that this was appropriate for the time was written, and takes place, in. I recently received an advanced reading copy of Gareth L.

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The Alleged Criminal and the Alleged Crime. The Grouch and I. I hate people who use the sec This book inspired me to start my own little collection of notes as a mini reference aid.

The writing is taut, the dialogue is the kind of snappy, period talk we expect in the best early noir novels. Roth, didn’t you go to college to get a degree in creative writing!? So here is the next installment of my reading list for both the challenges I have committed to so far. Seriously, people need to know about using apostrophes properly, the difference between “Ironically” and “Coincidentally”, and stuff like Lie-Lay-Lain vs Lay-Laid-Laid.


Whiches, Who’s, and That’s. The Grouch is particularly precise, and very demanding. The series is delightful, if a touch formulaic. Or should I say, order.

The Grouchy Grammarian

Refresh and try again. I read this as part of my ongoing research to hone my skills for a book I’m editing. This book has particularly strong sections on subject-verb agreement which I learned is called “concord”the use of “of,” and when to use to vs. May 10, Elise rated it groucyh liked it.

Sep 10, Keren rated it really grouchj it. Powell is a powerful writer, His writing is spare, with no wasted words and little embellishment. We were going to a funeral. Handy but too pedantic. Description Do you commit apostrophe atrocities?

May 05, Algernon rated it liked it Shelves: A Case of Lead Poisoning. Rod Dexter is a police detective who, while investigating the murder of a local politician, stumbles into a conspiracy by the Syndicate to take over the mid-sized town he works and lives in. This site grmmarian cookies. Although I did learn from The Grouchy Grammarian: I read a trilogy and a horror anthology, finished one serial on Serial Box, started the final season of another and began a third, read the newest in a mystery series I love, and had enough real life to keep things interesting.

Mar 08, Theacrob rated it it was amazing.


Book 60 Goodreads Challenge: Pretty much anybody can set up a room that looks nice, however, and enjoy the results. Theirs is a stressful occupation with constantly looming deadlines in which it is all too easy to make a slip that cannot be recalled and grocuhy. Request permission to reuse content from this site. Special Kinds of Subjects.

Search World Wide Words. Select your currency from the list and click Donate. Two things before I begin. Read it, you’ll like it.

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One thing that kept me reading, in fact, was waiting to see how Mr. Prepositions with More Than One Object. Still, I liked the chapter on “lead poisoning” – it drives me nuts when the past tense of “to lead” is written as “lead” not “led” so three cheers for that.

There are enough differences, however, that those similarities do not detract from the story. Reading this book made me realize how abysmal my own command of grammar and usage is, especially in the area of the identifying of compositional elements of sentences.

Fired for essentially being too close to exposing too many bigwigs, he refuses to let go of the case. Did They or Didn’t They? The opinions herein are my own, however.