Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar Errors [NOOK Book]

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Grammar has finally let its hair down! Unlike uptight grammar books that overwhelm us with every single grammar rule, Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares is like a bikini: it’s fun, flirty, and covers only the most important bits. Its lessons, which are 100 percent free of complicated grammar jargon, have been carefully selected to include today’s most common, noticeable errors—the ones that confuse our readers or make them wonder if we are, in fact, smarter than a fifth grader. What is the proper use of an ...
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Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar Errors

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Overview


Grammar has finally let its hair down! Unlike uptight grammar books that overwhelm us with every single grammar rule, Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares is like a bikini: it’s fun, flirty, and covers only the most important bits. Its lessons, which are 100 percent free of complicated grammar jargon, have been carefully selected to include today’s most common, noticeable errors—the ones that confuse our readers or make them wonder if we are, in fact, smarter than a fifth grader. What is the proper use of an apostrophe? When should an ellipsis be used instead of an em dash? Why do we capitalize President Obama but not “the president”? And why is that question mark placed outside of the end quote?

Author Jenny Baranick is an English professor whose students can’t believe she’s actually that into grammar. Upon experiencing the joys of grammar at an early age, raising grammar awareness became Jenny’s raison d'être. By spreading her remarkably user-friendly and hilarious approach to grammar, she hopes everyone will experience the satisfaction of a properly placed comma, a precisely used semicolon, and a correctly deployed en dash.

Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares shows grammar as it’s never been seen before: uncomplicated, laugh-out-loud funny, and, dare we say, a little risqué.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620876756
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 598,521
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jenny Baranick teaches English composition, critical thinking, and a remedial English class called Writing Skills at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Consistently shocked at the poor grammar of her students, in January 2010, Jenny started her popular Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares blog.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction: Confidence Is Sexy vii

Chapter 1 Know Thyself: Spelling 1

Chapter 2 It's Complicated: One Word, Two Words, or Three Words 21

Chapter 3 Quality Control: Words That Don't Make the Grade 29

Chapter 4 Missed Periods: Run-on Sentences 33

Chapter 5 More Than a Feeling: Commas 41

Chapter 6 I Do: Apostrophes 57

Chapter 7 Drumroll, Please: Colons 65

Chapter 8 Goldilocks and the Three Bars: En Dashes, Em Dashes, and Hyphens 71

Chapter 9 The Scarlet Punctuation Mark: The Ellipsis 75

Chapter 10 Mary Ann or Ginger: Punctuation with Quotation Marks 81

Chapter 11 That's Hot: Capitalization 85

Chapter 12 Freudian Slip: Using You 103

Chapter 13 How Old Do You Think I Am?: Numbers 109

Chapter 14 Keepin' It Real: Grammar Myth Busting 115

Chapter 15 Avoid Premature Ejaculation: Email Etiquette 123

Chapter 16 Looks Matter: Formatting Academic Papers, Letters, and Résumés 137

Chapter 17 Textual Healing: Proofreading 147

Answer Key 152

References 165

Index 166

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

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    Most people would rank reading a book on grammar right up there

    Most people would rank reading a book on grammar right up there with getting a root canal or a colonoscopy. Might be necessary, but we probably wouldn't do it for the pleasure.

    Using celebrities like Johnny Depp, celebrity break-ups like Brad and Jennifer, and sexy examples, Baranick presents grammar in a hilarious way that just may help it stick in our over-caffeinated, YouTubed, smartphoned, chasing-the-next-shiny-thing brains.

    She makes the point that if we use "whorable spelling," our meaning may be vastly misconstrued. She suggests that choosing "the perfect email title is like the perfect first date outfit. It reveals just enough without giving too much away."

    She asks:
    "Have you ever been in the middle of something and you're so excited that you don't want to stop because you're afraid that you will lose your mojo, so you just keep on going and going and going and the next thing you know you miss your period? That, my friends, is how must run-on sentences happen."

    Her punctuation marks all have personalities. Commas are small and cute and curvy. Colons deserve a drumroll. Exclamation points and questions marks are like Mary Ann and Ginger from Gilligan's Island.

    "Sometimes a period provides too much pause between these two sentences, but the comma doesn't provide quite enough. Luckily the period and the comma had a drunken one-night stand and produced this adorable little spawn they named the semicolon."

    I'm pretty sure I still won't remember all the grammar spelling and punctuation rules here, but I won't mind looking them up again. Belongs on the bookshelf of all writers (and really, all PEOPLE who ever need to write a resume or email in the course of business).

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