Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar Errors

ISBN-10: 1616083700

ISBN-13: 9781616083700

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jenny Baranick

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Grammar has finally let its hair down! Unlike uptight grammar books that overwhelm us with every single grammar rule, Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares is like a bikini: it’s fun, flirty, and covers only the most important bits. Its lessons, which are 100 percent free of complicated grammar jargon, have been carefully selected to include today’s most common, noticeable errors—the ones that confuse our readers or make them wonder if we are, in fact, smarter than a fifth grader. What is the proper use of an apostrophe? When should an ellipsis be used instead of an em dash? Why do we capitalize President Obama but not the president? And why is that question mark placed outside of the end quote?Author Jenny Baranick is an English professor whose students can’t believe she’s actually that into grammar. Upon experiencing the joys of grammar at an early age, raising grammar awareness became Jenny’s raison d'être. By spreading her remarkably user-friendly and hilarious approach to grammar, she hopes everyone will experience the satisfaction of a properly placed comma, a precisely used semicolon, and a correctly deployed en dash.Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares shows grammar as it’s never been seen before: uncomplicated, laugh-out-loud funny, and, dare we say, a little risqué.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Jenny Baranick teaches English composition, critical thinking, and a remedial English class called Writing Skills at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Consistently shocked at the poor grammar of her students, in January 2010, Jenny started her popular Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares blog.

Introduction: Confidence Is Sexy
Know Thyself: Spelling
It's Complicated: One Word, Two Words, or Three Words
Quality Control: Words That Don't Make the Grade
Missed Periods: Run-on Sentences
More Than a Feeling: Commas
I Do: Apostrophes
Drumroll, Please: Colons
Goldilocks and the Three Bars: En Dashes, Em Dashes, and Hyphens
The Scarlet Punctuation Mark: The Ellipsis
Mary Ann or Ginger: Punctuation with Quotation Marks
That's Hot: Capitalization
Freudian Slip: Using You
How Old Do You Think I Am?: Numbers
Keepin' It Real: Grammar Myth Busting
Avoid Premature Ejaculation: Email Etiquette
Looks Matter: Formatting Academic Papers, Letters, and R�sum�s
Textual Healing: Proofreading
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