Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay Practical Advice for the Grammatically Challenged

ISBN-10: 0312263945

ISBN-13: 9780312263942

Edition: 3rd (Revised)

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Description: For years Richard Lederer has entertained fans of the English language with his keen insights, commonsense advice, and witty patter. Now Lederer and Richard Dowis take readers on another journey through our most "wiggy" of languages. How many times have we all heard the word "viable" used in company meetings? The authors show us how "viable" was at one time extracted from medical books, where it is actually defined as "capable of living," and placed into our consumer marketplace. Then there is confusion between "lay" and "lie," which the authors clear up once and for all. These and dozens fo delightful examples make this book pure pleasure for language buffs, writers, and teachers.

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/11/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.52" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Richard Lederer, the well-known wordsmith, originally intended to practice medicine. He entered Haverford College as a pre-medical student, but when he realized that he was more interested in the textbooks' language than their substance, he switched his major to English. He next attended Harvard Law School, but again switched majors--this time entering Harvard's Master of Arts and Teaching program. After graduation, he taught English and media at St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., for 27 years. Upon earning his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a career writing books on the English language. His first book, Anguished English, was a popular success and launched his career. His books, newspaper columns, and speaking engagements have allowed Lederer, in his own words, "to extend my mission of teachership." Lederer describes himself as a "verbivore" - one who consumes words. He says, "Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words." His fascination with word play (particularly, palindromes and puns) resulted in his nicknames--"Attila the Pun" and "Conan the Grammarian."

Richard Dowis (Waleska. GA) recently retired from his position as senior vice president at the PR firm of Manning, Selvage & Lee. He now leads several popular business-writing seminars and is the president of the Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature. He has also won PRSA Phoenix Awards for speech and annual report writing. His books include How to Make Your Writing Reader-Friendly and coauthor The Write Way.

Jim McLean, owner of the #1-ranked Jim McLean Golf Schools, has been rated one of the top five instructors in America for more than a decade. He has worked with more than 100 tour professionals and has written many books and DVDs, including The Golf Digest Book of Drills and The X Factor Swing . The coach of some of the game's greatest professionals, he lives in Miami, Florida.

Foreword, March!
Sleeping Dogs and Other Ponderables
Don't Bite Your Mother Tongue
Lightning Bugs and Lightning
Things You Know That Just Ain't So
Put Your Words in Order
Grammar Games
Help for the Orthographically Challenged
The Common Comma
Punctuation Perplexities
A Ten-Minute Writing Lesson
Answers
Index
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