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Grammar Folks Take Note

Book Review

If you're a stickler for details when it comes to the English language, there's a quick read out there that's a lot of fun.  

The title is The Great Typo Hunt (and yes, I know that should be underlined, but I'm totally inept with computers). The authors, Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, make their way around the country spotting and attempting to correct typos, sometimes with success, but not always.

The quirks of their travels and dedication to their mission of eradicating typos presents some truly hilarious situations. And please, if there are any typos in my blog, I'd rather not know about them. That might be just a tad embarrassing.

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James Sciulli September 26, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Thanks, Bill. Nicely done.
Paula A. Calabrese October 02, 2011 at 06:16 PM
You must take a look at Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss ISBN 1-592-40087-6, the zero tolerance approach to punctuation. She makes a great case for correct grammar, punctuation, mechanics and maybe even for diagramming sentences like we did in Catholic school with the nuns! And it's really funny.Those were the days. Amen!
James Sciulli October 03, 2011 at 12:48 AM
I will try to find that one, thanks. I'm steeped in Catholic education, and I totally agree. I tried to instill a love of grammar with my fourth graders when I was teaching. I hope some of it stuck with them. My feeling has always been that schools are a bit heavy on the creative writing , and there's not enough about the nuts and bolts of English grammar. Just my opinion!
Paula A. Calabrese October 03, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Let us know what you think about Eats... I thought it was pretty funny!
Paula A. Calabrese October 04, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Just found another book you might enjoy: i before e (except after c)...old school ways to remember stuff by Judy Parkinson (ISBN 978-0-7621-0917-3. It includes hundreds of memory tricks we learned in the classroom that still stick with us today. Some grammar stuff too!

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