Birds and Bees of Words: A Guide to the Most Common Errors in Usage, Spelling, and Grammar

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Himbo: a male bimbo. Protire: leave a boring job to do something more interesting. Sheeple: people who follow the crowd. These are just a few of the newly evolved words discussed and explained in The Birds and Bees of Words, an entertaining, informative look at the ever-changing nature of the English language. More than 1,000 words are featured on the book’s list of new and inventive words; nearly 30,000 more words are discussed in sections including a look at word roots and how they are used in modern language; ...

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The Birds and Bees of Words: A Guide to the Most Common Errors in Usage, Spelling, and Grammar

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Overview

Himbo: a male bimbo. Protire: leave a boring job to do something more interesting. Sheeple: people who follow the crowd. These are just a few of the newly evolved words discussed and explained in The Birds and Bees of Words, an entertaining, informative look at the ever-changing nature of the English language. More than 1,000 words are featured on the book’s list of new and inventive words; nearly 30,000 more words are discussed in sections including a look at word roots and how they are used in modern language; a list of words that are commonly misspelled or misunderstood; and a style guide to usage rules and how and why they can be broken. Anyone who is intrigued by language, who is fascinated by words, or who simply wants to use our language clearly and effectively will enjoy The Birds and Bees of Words.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581154955
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,422,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Embree is an author, literary consultant, editor, book doctor, and writers’ workshop leader. She is the founder of Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN). A former film and television writer and researcher, she became a published author in the 1990s. Her most recent books are The Author’s Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Book, a Writer’s Digest Book Club selection now in its third edition, and Starting Your Career as a Freelance Editor, both published by Allworth Press.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

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    'The Birds and Bees of Words is an excellent reminder for those writers among us who cling to the old rules of grammar fearing ending a sentence with a preposition or dangling participle. In our forgetfulness that English grammar and usage has evolved, Mary Embree makes a very common sense point when she says, 'What matters, is that our meaning is clear'. No one can appreciate this more, than a writer whose main concern is to present their work as a pleasurable read. Most engaging, if not downright fascinating, is Embree's chapter on New Words and Phrases. Did you know the newest Eleventh edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary contains 10,000 new words and more than 100,000 new meanings? For instance, papaphobia: meaning fear of the Pope, or retrosexual: meaning a heterosexual male who does not spend a lot of time on his appearance and lifestyle, he uses tools and can fix things, he has old-fashioned graces such as opening doors for women, the opposite of metrosexual. This chapter alone is worth keeping Embree's book on my desk as a reference. I feel hip now.'

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