Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spiteby June Casagrande
What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? They’re all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.
- I’m Writing This While Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate Nominative
- Semicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and Other Probing Annoyances
- I’ll Take "I Feel Like a Moron" for $200, Alex—When to Put Punctuation Inside Quotation Marks
- Snobbery Up with Which You Should Not Put Up—Prepositions
- Is That a Dangler in Your Memo or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
- Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd-Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned
Casagrande delivers practical and fun language lessons not found anywhere else, demystifying the subject and taking it back from the snobs. In short, it’s a grammar book people will actually want to read—just for the fun of it.
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Meet the Author
June Casagrande writes the popular and very humorous "A Word, Please" grammar column for four Los Angeles Times community newspapers. She has written over 900 articles for various newspapers and magazines and has four years of improvisational comedy training.
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For the post below me...You seem to have forgotten a comma.
This book is fun, accessible and, most importantly, unintimidating. As a recovering grammar snob, I find June Cassagrande's approach to a usually dry subject to be refreshing and informative. Perhaps we can be grammer gurus instead, sharing the joy of good grammar with smiles instead of smirks.
My aunt gave me this book for my birthday, and at first I was excited to read it. I thought it looked interesting and fun. But as I started reading, I quickly thought that June Casagrande was a bit insulting, smug, and conceited in this book. I know I didn't laugh or find it funny while reading it. Chapter 25 was really annoying. For me, grammar doesn't really matter in song-writing. As for the other parts, well, I couldn't really understand anything (although I think it's because I'm not really into essay books or whatever it's called, as I'm just thirteen-years). And I think my sister got annoyed with me because I kept saying, "This author is so mean." Now I know that the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" can be literal. Of course, there were also good things about the book She made a lot of sense. The book smelled good, the font was nice, and the texture of the cover was great. But those were the only nice things about it.
Along with questionable explanations and one terribly misplaced comma (call me a meanie, but if you espouse it get it right), this book is the hypocritical approach to grammar: you're a meanie if you uphold good grammar, but I'm not a meanie if I write a book about it. Giving half-hearted explanations and then dismissing their importance a la 'just use your head!' is like trying to play both sides of the field. And as for calling grammar afficionados snobs and meanies? Well, there's the pot calling, as they say in Ireland. Lynn Truss started the grammar craze with 2 well written, well presented, witty books. This overdone atempt at humour (I can't count the number of times I groaned) and insult sinks like a stone. Still, I'll read the whole thing just so I can point out the gaping faults to people. I'm a meanie that way.