Table Of Contents. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big MeaniesIntroduction: Grammar Snobs Make Good Prison Brides 1. A Snob For All Seasons—Shared. I have to confess, I love grammar. To me, it’s fascinating, not frustrating. I know many people don’t share my passion and that’s okay. But as. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques.

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I will be referring back to this little book often.

The third will find it hilarious. The author did mention some of the most common mistakes which helped me in one way, and surprised me in the other. This review is a repeat of bgi previous review with Casagrande’s name substituted for the author of the original work.

It’s easy to look something up, to find out what all those others will say, and maybe get a yreat in the process. The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation and about every dictionary she’s found nearby.

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As I mentioned earlier, her jokes hit the mark for the most part, but there are a few that fall flat. The book is not for everyone. The second will find it helpful. Yes, of course — anyone who cares for the language is. You can’t ask for more than that! I’m less impressed at her carping about Lynne Truss and other grammar-book authors.


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It’s ridiculously informative, and you’ll enjoy every meand of learning how our language actually works. I read it enjoying it and hating it equally- whatever dominates in your case, remember that language is beautiful.

If they tell you otherwise, they’re bluffing.

This title will either give you a giggle or make your face pucker up like you just bit a lemon. Feb 11, Sue Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: For instance, Latin has no word for the internet.

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

Want to Read saving…. Jul 09, Blake rated it really liked it Shelves: A refreshing read and able to be got through in one sitting. Definitely witty and full of interesting tidbits and rules of those sticky points in the english language, the short chapters are easy and fun to read. She gives reasonable critiques of shobs rules; she offers excellent advice throughout the book; she also never deigns to be the language authority, only its messenger Call out people for factual inaccuracies, for flawed arguments and gross generalisations.

Punctuation, another bugbear, too is pretty darn simple. Jul 06, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Lots to mull over with this one!

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I came away from reading this book unenlightened. Those who disagree with Casagrande on minor points would more constructively point this out and expend some effort on acknowledging agreements, rather than always dissolving into missive disagreement. Their teachers were taught I’m impressed that frammar author became a success despite dropping out of school in the ninth grade.


Her direct address of the reader also suggests the second: I now feel more at ease with my usual approach of going with my best judgement. People say that it is thus static; since no one speaks it, Latin cannot adapt and grow to encompass new words.

Oct 04, Chelsea rated it liked it Shelves: This leads to the only true complaint that I have. She is funny though, after a while, the “outsider” shtick gets a little old. Also, endeavor to not be too harsh as snobs, because most rules have loopholes, if you are good enough a grammarian.

Especially something as dry and – yes, admittedly – boring as the science of grammar. To defend that in brief, as I know some teeth will be ground on this point: The book was not only a great refresher, but I ard several new things. Some people would argue that some of us have had access to education, and are simply being grammatically lazy.