The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
Posted on December 6, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was the best. It was funny all the way through. I learned a lot, too. I learned that corporate life is very little getting things done and a lot of talking about the things that need doing. There is so much to the corporate world that isn’t work. I also learned a lot of jargon, too. At first it amazed me that such lingo was actually used, but then I realised that it doesn’t necessarily mean that the users are saying anything important. You can use a lot of lingo and […]

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How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams
Posted on November 29, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was one of my textbooks for my Intro to the Study of Language class. It’s a brilliant textbook and I recommend it. The authors write with personality and the information is conveyed really effectively. It covers the very fundamental aspects of language, primarily the English language (but it also explains the IPA). It talks about phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics, you name it. It finishes up with a very brief history of English (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English) and a few thoughts on how it might be […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted on November 23, 2017 in holiday / 0 Comments

(source) Happy Thanksgiving! Even if you don’t celebrate it officially, it’s always nice to set aside a day especially for giving thanks. (And feasting.) As much as I love the feast aspect of this holiday, as well as the gathering of family and friends, I think it’s really important to recognise all of the things we have to be thankful for in our lives. I have been especially blessed with an amazing family, both immediate and extended, whom I see several times a year and vacation with regularly. I have a group of incredibly loyal […]

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The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams
Posted on November 15, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was great. It was funny from the start, and I wouldn’t expect any less from Scott Adams. Disclaimer: I like his comics, and I would count them among my favourites, but it’s pretty hit or miss. Some I get right away and find hilarious and others I don’t. But this book was much funnier than any of his cartoons. Only maybe the first few chapters were laugh-out-loud funny the entire time, but later chapters did have a few great moments. It ended on a rather serious note. But it was all […]

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Spell It Out by David Crystal

Spell It Out by David Crystal
Posted on November 8, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I must admit: I was not a super duper fan of this book. I know David Crystal is quite popular in the world of linguistic literature. But this was not the best book to start out on, it would seem. Now, don’t get me wrong, the information was very interesting—it just didn’t need to be a 300-page book. It could have been condensed down to a few chapters. I know because I took notes on it and the amount of notes I took was incommensurable with the amount of pages there were. Some […]

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Between You & Me by Mary Norris

Between You & Me by Mary Norris
Posted on October 25, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I suppose I liked this book. It didn’t start out great—there wasn’t enough distinction between anecdotal and educational content. They were interwoven too closely and that caused confusion. I wasn’t sure why she chose to talk about some things where she did, and others at other places…If I was hooked on a personal story, I didn’t want to digress into grammar history and usage, no matter how relevant. I would have loved to read it at another time. And some of the stories didn’t have enough context or closure, which is really important […]

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Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland

Megan’s Munchkins by Pamela Foland
Posted on October 18, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Again, this book very realistically portrays the shenanigans that come with pet sitting. It reminds me of all the trouble I had while pet sitting recently! A lot of things I realised were true that I wouldn’t have thought of before (and most books don’t include). For example the pets behaving differently for sitters than for their owners. In the book, Holly the cat doesn’t eat at first and then gets picky when she does eat. This is sort of true for cats in general—many are finicky eaters—but especially cats and dogs who […]

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Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner

Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner
Posted on October 11, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This is a great resource for writers and I recommend it. Some of the rules and advice is outdated but as long as you can tell what is currently considered fine (by the rules of common usage) then you can easily skip over old rules. I did learn some things, and some rules I will have to ignore because the power of common usage is too strong (unfortunately). But the friendly manner in which O’Conner relates the information makes it a fun read. She can get a little patronizing at times, a little […]

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Shady Characters by Keith Houston

Shady Characters by Keith Houston
Posted on October 4, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This was an undeniably entertaining book. Well, I say entertaining, but a better word is probably interesting. It’s difficult to put down, and I hardly ever say that about non-fiction. It is probably the most heavily-researched book I have read, at least in terms of references. There are hundreds. They take up exactly seventy pages of the book. But Houston manages to weave them all together into a captivating and comprehensive history of punctuation. The accompanying pictures are indispensable, although they do seem to break up the narrative a bit too often to […]

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The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller

The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller
Posted on September 27, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I absolutely love this book. When I say that the Chicago  Manual of Style is the editor’s bible—and many agree with me—then it follows that Carol Fisher Saller is the editing god (or guru, as is canon). She has experience and knowledge of the rules (used very loosely) on her side, but she is just so approachable. She writes as if she is speaking directly to you. This book is filled with anecdotes, good and bad, amusing and cringe-worthy, helpful and simply entertaining. It makes it such a pleasant read, even as I […]

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