Spruce up your vocabulary and give your sentences a workout with these two books! Enter the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post for an opportunity to win these two gems.
Hardcover: 208 Pages | 5 x 7 inches | Publisher: Ten Speed Press 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0399581274 | Available on Amazon
An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse.
Even the most erudite among us use words like apocryphal, facetious, ironic, meteorite, moot, redundant, and unique incorrectly every day. Don’t be one of them. Using examples of misuse from leading newspapers, prominent public figures and famous writers, among others, language gurus Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras explain how to avoid these perilous pitfalls in the English language. Each entry also includes short histories of how and why these mistakes have happened, some of the (often surprisingly nasty) debates about which uses are (and are not) mistakes, and finally, how to use these words correctly … or why to not use them at all. By the end of this book, every literati will be able to confidently, casually, and correctly toss in an “a priori” or a “limns” without hesitation.
About the Authors
You’re Saying It Wrong, and compilers of the bestselling page-a-day calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said (with over 4.8 million copies sold) and its counterpart The 365 Smartest Things Ever Said. Their work has received the attention of, or has been featured in, diverse media outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Bustle, The Atlantic, the London Times, and McSweeney’s. They have also been guests on hundreds of radio and tv shows, including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox & Friends, and NPR’s Here and Now. They are currently working on a podcast for NPR affiliate KMUW entitled You’re Saying It Wrong.
Paperback: 272 Pages | 5 x 7 inches | Publisher: Ten Speed Press 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0399581069 | Available on Amazon
Language columnist June Casagrande presents a fun and breezy guide to everything a grown-up interested in grammar needs to know.
When it comes to grammar, it seems like everyone—even die-hard word nerds—feel they "missed something" in school. The Joy of Syntax picks up where sixth grade left off, providing a fresh foundation in English syntax served up by someone with an impressive record of making this otherwise inaccessible subject a true joy. With simple, pithy information on everything from basic parts of speech and sentence structure to usage and grammar pitfalls, this guide provides everything you need to approach grammar with confidence.
About the Author
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences and The Best Punctuation Book, Period, and is the face and voice of the Grammar Underground weekly podcast. She works as a freelance copy editor for the advertising department at the Los Angeles Times and for several local and national magazines.
Visit her website, Grammar Underground, to find out more: http://www.grammarunderground.com.
Enter to win a copy of That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means: The 150 Most Commonly Misused Words and Their Tangled Histories by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras, and The Joy of Syntax: A Simple Guide to All the Grammar You Know You Should Know by June Casagrande! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. We'll choose a winner next Monday, October 15th. Good luck!
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Angela--I really need these two books, especially the first one. (I'm looking up words on a regular basis, wondering thoughts like, "Is it further or farther?")ReplyDelete
I'll cross my fingers, and my eyes. ;)
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Looks like a great read and a very practical book.ReplyDelete
These look like great additions to any library!ReplyDelete
I would love to have these books, my family competes to see which one of us is the chief of the grammar police. We are brutal!ReplyDelete
This book should be included in every home library. (Tammy Horn)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance to win. Anxious to read.ReplyDelete
I think everyone needs to improve their vocabulary and grammer....including myself, I, me...see what I mean?ReplyDelete
Hate it when I don't know a grammar/syntax rule! Thanks for the opportunity to win helpful books!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the awesome and very interesting giveaway! I love these kind of books!ReplyDelete
This would be fantastic! Early holiday gift... for myself! Thanks for the chance.ReplyDelete