If you don’t want to read or study a boring style guide like the AP Stylebook or The Chicago Manual of Style, Things That Make Us [Sic] by Martha Brockenbrough is a great alternative, complete with rather intelligent puns and witty quips.
I’ll come right out and say that the tone of the book can sometimes be “snarky” (I hate that word, but it fits) and even condescending to those who use less than perfect English, but as I read on, the author’s voice grew on me.
The book lists and explains confusing homophones, Latin expressions, hard-to-spell words, words that aren’t really words at all, punctuation marks, tense, and so forth. It includes anecdotes (not antidotes!) about the author’s efforts to correct the grammar of pop stars, politicians, and movie titles.
Oddly enough (and the book admits this), most people who are really in need of a grammar check will not read a book on grammar, no matter how witty or hilarious it is. Thus, we need to work harder to ensure that these people get the grammar wake-up call they need.
Often, the font styles and sizes used throughout the book can be a little difficult to read, but content-wise, it’s the perfect book for self-proclaimed “Grammar Nazis” everywhere!
Amazon Rating: 5/5 (18 reviews)