Tuesday, March 19, 2013

7 books for grammar police or scofflaws

Cheese it! The cops! That would be the grammar cops in the office. If they're tailing you, grammar scofflaws, check out these handy guides that make grammar a (cop-free) walk in the park. Cops, here are the books you can throw at them:
  1. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, based on the popular podcast, collects her tips into a ready reference that's not overbearing, but enlightening. Great to share with the on-deadline colleague who claims to have no time to check reference books. Oh, wait--that's you?
  2. The Oatmeal Grammar Pack offers an at-a-glance, make-'em-laugh option for grammar cops and robbers with five saucy posters on everything from what it means when you say literally to how to use a semicolon. The five-poster pack is a 50 percent savings.
  3. English Grammar For Dummies doesn't require a brown-paper-bag cover, since it comes in an ebook version. This volume's great for newbies or forgetful colleagues.
  4. McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, 2nd Edition, got an update last year and includes a chapter on grammar in social media, texts, and other digital communications. Grammar in texts. Imagine...
  5. Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again. Is that cop a trooper or a trouper? Should you worry when she homes in on you or hones in? GG to the rescue here, with a quick reference guide you should turn to whenever you're not quite sure about that word choice, or, better yet, when you think you are sure.
  6. Oxford Modern English Grammar covers both British and American English, moving from the basics to the most sophisticated uses of grammar and style. A great guide if you want to elevate your language use.
  7. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation appeals to the grammar cop with its "zero tolerance" policy, but makes punctuation fun for everyone else, even if they didn't previously care about it. A rollicking read, and useful guide to read before your own punctuation gets pulled over.
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