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1.0 out of 5 stars Grouchy reading, 15 Jan. 2006
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This review is from: The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better: A ... Who Should Know Better (Social Science) (Hardcover)
There are better grammar books than this. It is written in a boring semi-humorous style, giving many examples of boo-boos that the author believes journalists have perpetrated. Some are very obvious, while others are so obscure that one has to read them several times to find the error. Even so, some of them are now acceptable as correct evolved English, which is a living language. Worse still, there are a number of unforgiveable grammar and punctuation errors in the author's text, not the least of which is trying to make us believe that Milton was 200 years old when he died. He must have lost Paradise for a long time! I've consigned the book to the vertical filing basket, preferring Partridge, Trask, Truss and the SOED for guidance.
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