woe is i the grammarphobes guide to better english in plain english

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Woe Is I

Author : Patricia T. O'Conner
ISBN : 9781101458051
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 43. 78 MB
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In this new edition of Woe Is I, Patricia T. O’Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles and displays the same lively humor that has charmed and enlightened grateful readers for years. With new chapters on spelling and punctuation, and fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage, Woe Is I offers down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the language mysteries that bedevil all of us: • Avoid the persistent (and persistently embarrassing) grammatical errors that bewilder the best andthe brightest • Pronounce and spell words that even the smartest people mangle • Correctly use hundreds of woefully abused words and phrases From the Trade Paperback edition.

Woe Is I Jr

Author : Patricia T. O'Conner
ISBN : 1101127163
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 27. 36 MB
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Shrek? Earwax-flavored jelly beans? Poems about meatballs? Who on earth would use all these to explain the rules of grammar? Must be Patricia T. O'Conner! Just like Woe Is I, her national bestseller for adults, the junior version uses conversational language and witty, entertaining examples to show how fun and easy it can be to use good English. It's a humorous reference book you'll actually enjoy pulling off the shelf. Like a humorous Strunk and White for 4th through 8th graders, this is destined to become a must-have for every English classroom and student.

Origins Of The Specious

Author : Patricia T. O'Conner
ISBN : 9780812978100
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 36. 63 MB
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Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with “and”? Do you think British spellings are more “civilised” than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're myth-informed. In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar's best-known “rules” aren't—and never were—rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony français, fake acronyms, and more. Here are some shockers: “They” was once commonly used for both singular and plural, much the way “you” is today. And an eighteenth-century female grammarian, of all people, is largely responsible for the all-purpose “he.” From the Queen's English to street slang, this eye-opening romp will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes. Take our word for it.

The Elements Of Expression

Author : Arthur Plotnik
ISBN : 9781936740246
Genre : Reference
File Size : 34. 29 MB
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More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users "light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table" as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations. Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today's talk, airwaves, and posts. It tugs at our every sentence, but using it to express anything beyond the ordinary is like flapping the tongue to escape gravity. The Elements of Expression offers an adventurous and inspiring flight into words that truly share what's percolating in our minds. Here writers, presenters, students, bloggers—even well intentioned "Mad Men"—will discover language to convey precise feelings, move audiences, delight and persuade. No snob or scold, the acclaimed word-maven Arthur Plotnik explores the full range of expressiveness, from playful "tough talk" to finely wrought literature, with hundreds of rousing examples. Confessing that we are all "like a squid in its ink" when first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit on the elements leading, ultimately, to language of "fissionable intensity."

An Easyguide To Apa Style

Author : Beth M. Schwartz
ISBN : 9781452268392
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 70. 57 MB
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Master APA style and format quickly and easily! Written by experienced psychology instructors Beth M. Schwartz, R. Eric Landrum & Regan A.R. Gurung, who are respected members of the APA’s Teaching of Psychology division, An EasyGuide to APA Style: Second Edition provides an easy alternative for anyone struggling with APA style. Written in a clear, conversational, and humorous style, this book presents easy-to-understand explanations of how to write research papers, cite research, and do any work requiring APA format. The authors simplify the process with easy-to-follow advice, tips, and visual representations of how to use APA style. This updated edition includes easy-to-read screen shots as well as guidance on where to find answers to commonly asked student questions.

Writing And Publishing

Author : Tina P. Schwartz
ISBN : 0810869365
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 33. 22 MB
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Edgar Allen Poe, Langston Hughes, Louisa May Alcott, and Stephen King are just a handful of famous authors who began their publishing careers in their teens. Many young adults would like to write and publish but few know where to begin. While there are many books on how to write and how to get published, none are written specifically for teens. Writing and Publishing: The Ultimate Teen Guide fills this gap. In this book, author Tina Schwartz discusses many matters that are not often presented in guides to writing and publishing, such as the importance of mentors and critique groups, as well as courses and extracurricular activities that can be of great help to the up-and-coming teen author. The book explores various writing careers and the basics of publishing and marketing, including how to write query letters. Schwartz also provides tips on writing both fiction and nonfiction, as well as genres a new author can explore, like poetry and songwriting. With this resource, teens will find all the information they need to develop writing skills and build confidence as a writer.

The Mindfulness Revolution

Author : Barry Boyce
ISBN : 0834827395
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 69. 14 MB
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A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Countless people who have tried it say it's improved their quality of life. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of paying steady and full attention, without judgment or criticism, to our moment-to-moment experience. Here is a collection of the best writing on what mindfulness is, why we should practice it, and how to apply it in daily life, from leading figures in the field. Selections include: · Leading thinker Jon Kabat-Zinn on the essence of mindfulness, stress reduction, and positive change · Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on the transformative power of mindful breathing · Professor of psychiatry Daniel Siegel, MD, on how mindfulness benefits the brain · Physician and meditation teacher Jan Chozen Bays, MD, on how and why to practice mindful eating · Pioneering psychologist Ellen Langer on how mindfulness can change the understanding and treatment of disease · Leadership coach Michael Carroll on practicing mindfulness at work · Psychologist Daniel Goleman on a mindful approach to shopping and consuming · Pianist Madeline Bruser on how mindfulness can help us overcome performance anxiety · and much more The Mindfulness Revolution also includes an in-depth discussion by writer-editor Barry Boyce about how mindfulness is being applied in a variety of professional fields—from health care to education, from performing arts to business—to improve effectiveness and enhance well-being. Learn more at www.mindful.org.

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