Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Online sensation Grammar Girl makes grammar fun and easy in her print debutAre you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using "who" when a "whom" is called for? Do you avoid the words "lay" and "lie" altogether?Grammar Girl is here to help!Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar—but she's also determined to make the process as painless as possible. One year ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle som...

Details Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

TitleGrammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Release DateJul 8th, 2008
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
GenreLanguage, Writing, Nonfiction, Reference, Education

Reviews Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • Felonious
    This is the first time I have been intimidated writing a book review. One would think that if I read the book this review would be 100% grammatically correct, that just isn't going to happen (I suffer from grammar allergies). Whenever someone starts talking or I start reading about adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and modifiers all I hear is what sounds to me like Charlie Brown's teacher (wah wah wah). I found myself having to reread paragraphs...
  • Lauren
    You've heard her podcast. You've seen her on Oprah. You've downloaded her audiobook. Now you can add the first printed book from Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl) to your reference shelf. To the delight of word nerds everywhere, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing came out yesterday.Grammar Girl herself offered me an advance copy for review, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and highly recommend to both grammar novices and ...
  • Kara
    My life would be less frustrating if everyone read this book.I can be a little (annoyingly) pedantic when it comes to grammar and usage. I'm not concerned about dangling prepositions or split infinitives, but my god, it gets to me when people misuse "affect" and "effect," comma splice, or think that "e.g." and "i.e." are interchangeable. And don't even get me started on "your" and "you're."Although I expected this to be kind of dry, I found mysel...
  • Al
    A 5-star post for a book on grammar, surely I jest. No, I’m totally serious. Everyone who has to write anything – emails for work or just to friends, blog posts, even a review on Goodreads – should want their writing understood. Good grammar makes your intent clearer and gives the boss the right impression. We could all stand a periodic checkup to see if we’ve picked up any bad habits or maybe never learned something in the first place. M...
  • William Arsenis
    I never understood grammar. I just felt my way through a sentence, playing it over in my mind, using some sort of intuitive editor that managed to get it right most of the time.But when I started writing and my real editor brought out her digital red pen, I was completely lost. She used phrases such as "predicate adjectives" and I wouldn't have a clue what she was talking about. So I'd just have to concede to her advice or lose face and admit I d...
  • Rosey Waters
    Not for everyone, and probably a book that should be read not listened too (whoops), but for someone like me who apparently missed grammar in school (maybe I was distracted writing?) this was useful. Doubly so since I have a lot of britishisms as a hold over from my parents.
  • Kara
    A more accurate title would probably be "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Grammar". There weren't a whole lot of actual writing tips, with the exception of a short chapter near the end with advice like "avoid cliches like the plague". The grammar instruction was a mix of things I already knew (its vs. it's, affect vs. effect) and things I'd never thought about (the difference between e.g. and i.e., the difference between "hanged" an...
  • Beverly Diehl
    I think for most people, reading a grammar book is right up there on their to-do list with having a colonoscopy - Do I HAVE to?Or maybe that's just my own association, since I kept my own book in the bathroom and read it in bits and pieces. (It does lend itself well to that.)Fogarty not only offers the grammar rules, but clear and "sticky" examples that should help anyone but the most boneheaded imprint these rules and guidelines into her brain. ...
  • Una Tiers
    While this book is highly recommended, I could not get past the sugary over self confidence of the author. Smug might be a better word.
  • Phillip
    I like it. I like it a lot. The author reads the text. She is engaging and very nice to listen to. While got a linguist, I think her advise is reliable. This book is only 5 hours long, as opposed to the 12 hour course that I finished listening to yesterday. Now, THAT was a presentation of grammar, punctuation, and language history. It is a virtue that this book is less demanding than the Great Courses book. This book may be all you need, and it i...
  • Stephen
    Not sure how you can make Grammar any more interesting than this. Lots of useful tips packed into one place along with helpful ways to remember the rules/usage. It feels a bit like a compilation of the podcast, but that isn't really a bad thing as the podcast is excellent.
  • Ivonne Rovira
    This book rates as two stars or four, depending on who you are. If you're an expert English grammarian, Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing isn't for you; what you need is H.W. Fowler's A Dictionary of Modern English Usage or Karen Elizabeth Gordon's The Transitive Vampire -- or both, really.However, for hoi polloi grammar needs, Fogarty's slim volume does the trick. If you're stumped on when to use who and who...
  • Serenity
    Mignon Fogarty uses humor and useful grammar tips in helping the average person learn basic grammar skills that they may have forgotten or never known because their teacher failed to teach it to them in an effective way. My grammar is questionable at times but I enjoy listening to Grammar Girl's podcast, reading her emails and even following her on twitter daily. I've been listening to her podcast for 2 years so when I read she was writing a book...
  • Cami
    This was such an excellent reference for all those oft-forgotten bits of proper English writing that I am going to have to buy it.Ms. Fogarty teaching methods are light, easy and entertaining, but thorough enough that I thing I'm actally going to remember most of them.Ultimately, this is a great little book to check yourself on word and puctuality usage. It answered a few questions that I'd always wondered about when it comes to writing as well a...
  • Moira
    This is light, funny and very helpful. It's not for those who want an in-depth explanation or hard and fast rules for everything, but if you want guidance for some of the knottier grammar and punctuation issues that writer's encounter, check it out!
  • Karen
    A humorous take on proper grammar and ways in which one might employ mind tricks to remember basic rules and usage. More of a grammar primer than a style guide. I considered just giving it a star rating and skipping the review lest I showcase my less than stellar grammar usage.
  • Julie Adams
    Great information. The one change I would make is easier indexing of this book's contents on my electronic device. I will use this every week.
  • Cora
    Buenas explicaciones y trucos para problemas con la gramática.Un muy buen libro de referencia.
  • Blake Atwood
    Straightforward and imminently helpful, Fogarty's guide to better grammar should be a mainstay in any writer or editor's library.
  • Rebecca
    This book was a quick, helpful read for aspiring writers. I enjoyed it thoroughly and went away with a lot of good advice and such.
  • Ilib4kids
    808.042 FOGCD 808.042 (free email newsletter)For professional writers:The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.Garner's Modern American Usage Bryan A. GarnerCommon Errors in English Usage by Paul BriansPunctuate It Right! by Harry ShawStyle guide books:The Associated Press Stylebook (for newspapers or magazines)MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (research papers, Liberal arts, humanities)Publication Manual ...
  • Greta Cribbs
    Oh, how I wish everyone would read this book! Or, at least, everyone who has thoughts of being an author. The indie publishing world and the blogosphere are so rife with spelling, punctuation, and usage errors that I sometimes want to scream. This book, in the hands of enough people, could possibly save the world.Most of the information given seemed pretty basic to me, but I do know people who make even the most obvious of mistakes, so I repeat t...
  • D.G. Kaye
    This book is an excellent guide for all writers and students to keep for handy reference. Fogarty makes learning the rules of writing fun and memorable with her succinct illustrations and examples, using her cartoon characters, Squiggly and Aardvark to demonstrate her examples.If you find yourself getting stumped on issues such as these issues: pronouns, serial commas, em dashes vs.hyphens, and more, look no further than this handy book. Besides ...
  • Idelle Kursman
    Even though I love grammar, I am usually unable to read a grammar book cover to cover because it doesn't hold my interest. This one was different. The author explained the rationale behind many rules: some I already knew, others I practiced but did not know why, and still others I was simply not aware of. I enjoyed Fogarty's book while finding it challenging. One of my favorite sections was toward the end when she gave practical tips for writers ...
  • Alyssa
    Somehow didn't own already. So happy now!I'm a longtime Grammar Girl podcast fan, even though I haven't listened to podcasts much for a few years. I only recently realized the 10-year anniversary had passed and I still hadn't purchased the book. This book reminded me why I loved this particular podcast so much. Both the podcast and the book are for easy reference and for fun. The fun is important because I already have my old writing class books ...
  • Kim
    A whole book of easy-to-read and enjoyable language advice from Grammar Girl. This book now has as many flags as some of my go-to reference books. If you're looking for grammar information that doesn't read like a textbook, this is your place.
  • Anne
    This book is very thorough. I skipped through a lot of it (like when she explains affect vs effect and the like). It was interesting to learn the differences between British and American English when it comes to punctuation. I feel more knowledgeable if someone attempts to correct my grammar.
  • Rhonda
    Sadly, I have to take the book back to the library. I probably will buy the book. It’s not a book that you just sit down and read. I will admit grammar is a mystery at times for me, but just not the edge of the seat mystery I love!
  • Kylie Abecca
    This is certainly a book I will be reading/listening to many more times. Extremely helpful and easy to understand. With roof on writing almost anything from a simple text message to article and novel writing. A must read for everyone who reads or writes the English language.