May I Quote You on That? by Stephen Spector is a descriptive guide to grammar and usage. It uses quotes from popular publications and media to show how the English language is used today. May I Quote You? includes a section on the different ways of looking at the grammar of standard English, that is,
I studied American Sign Language when I was in high school with some friends, and I also studied sign language for a year when I got to the university. I love sign language! I love the beauty of the motion. I love the grammar! And I always talk with my hands as I’m speaking. Sign
An Ambush of Tigers by Betsy Rosenthal (Millbrook Press, April 2015) is, as the subtitle describes, a “Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns.” Each of the collective nouns she has chosen has a double meaning and Jago’s delightful illustrations play up the double meaning for some amusing images that are not soon to be forgotten.
I love the complexities of the English language! I find it lots of fun to play with words and see where the meanings take me. I love the sounds of poetry, and the silliness that comes when words are placed in different orders in sentences. A few books from VanitaBooks provide a humorous look at idioms,
Grammar has a reputation of being dull and dry, but a turn-of-the-century classic, Grammar-Land by M.L. Nesbitt (first published 1878), attempts to make it fun by turning learning the parts of speech into a game. In the imaginary world of Grammar-Land, the parts of speech have been arguing about which of them is most important.
Fleas, Flies, and Friars: Children’s Poetry from the Middle Ages by Nicholas Orme (to be published March 2012, Cornell University Press) is something completely different from my normal reading, but I enjoyed it very much. It is part anthology of poetry that children learned and recited from 1200-1500 CE (translated from Middle English or Latin)
In Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dogs: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences, Kitty Burns Florey sets out to tell why diagramming sentences is so much fun and the brief history of the art of diagramming sentences. To some extent, I felt Florey’s book was more memoir and humor than it was history. Yet,
[amazon_link asins=’0399244913′ template=’RightAlignSingleImage’ store=’rebereid06-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2ab2a50f-17f0-11e7-8d8b-55360a6c8780′]I was looking for a nonfiction picture book for my son at the library the other day when I saw Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference by Lynne Truss. I enjoyed the grammar guide (Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation) by
Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos . . . do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries – if any – do you have in your library?
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