Saturday, June 28, 2008

Grammar Rules!

Now, that title could be taken one of two ways. Either you're reading it to mean the rules of grammar. Or, if you're a stickler like myself, you could be reading it like this: Grammar RULES!!! Woo-hoo! [I can almost see my brother rolling his eyes at me.]

Since discovering podcasts at a technology conference last year, I've been a regular listener of Grammar Girl, aka Mignon Fogarty. Her "Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing" are quick snippets of grammar rules done in such a way that makes the rules easy to remember. No, really! You can find her podcasts, which I highly recommend, at her website or through the iTunes store.

Of course, if you're more of a visual learner do I have exciting news for you! Grammar Girl has written a book!! (I hope she doesn't get upset with me for using two exclamation points there, but I'm excited!) If you'd like to preview the first chapter, you can click on the book to the left. I'm sure after a few pages you'll be ready to preorder your copy which is due out July 8th. Just follow me over to Amazon.com to preorder.

I can't wait to hear the comments McBro will be making about this post!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm....should sentence two and three been joined with the 'or'?

I have mixed feelings with regards to grammar and structure. First, I am not incredibly strong on the subject and often send questionable copy to Mia for for approval. Second, I have actually given the 'no go' on hiring a copy writer based on the fact that I found more than one dangling participle in his copy examples. I mean really....a copywriter should know better.

On the other side of my proverbial coin, I have once again found my passion for writing poetry....and structure be damned. It's about imagery....passion....and the desire to make the written word beautiful rather than hold fast to an antiquated set of rules.

That's one McBro's opinion.

Love you,
Marc

Jeff Young said...

Great post! Like you, I am excited about Grammar Girl's new book. As a language teacher I have a special affinity for grammar. Unfortunately, not many of my students appreciate grammar as I do. Maybe Grammar Girl's growing popularity will begin to infect even high school students with the grammar bug!