In this new edition of Woe Is I, Patricia T. OConner 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.
Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at the New York Times Book Review, has written for many magazines and newspapers. She is the author of two other books on language and writing, Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing and You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online.