Mignon Fogarty can't remember whether it was a misused semicolon, a chronic case of comma splicing, or an "affect" when an "effect" was called for, but at some point she had seen one mangled sentence too many. Determined to counter the slipping standards of good writing in daily discourse, Mignon created a weekly podcast called Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing to reach all offenders—from the intimidated to the apathetic. In less than a year, more than five million Grammar Girl podcast episodes have been downloaded, and Mignon has appeared in the pages of The New York Times and dispensed grammar tips on Oprah. In Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing, Mignon tackles some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. From "lay vs. lie" and "affect vs. effect" to split infinitives and run-on sentences, Grammar Girl offers clear explanations and effective memory tricks to help listeners write (and say) it right.
by Mignon Fogarty
by Mignon Fogarty, Ellen Hendriksen, Syelle Graves, Samantha Enslen
by Mignon Fogarty, Sal Glynn, Lisa Marshall
by Monica Reinagel
by Richie Frieman
by Laura D. Adams
by Lisa B. Marshall
by Quick and Dirty Tips
by Mary Norris
by Stephen Greenblatt
""Grammar Girl," aka Mignon Fogarty, addresses 24 common communication errors under three broad topics: word choice ("affect" or "effect"), punctuation (colon or semicolon), and usage ("its" or "it's"). She may be an expert editor and grammarian, but she's a poor narrator. Her pace is fast, offering no variation in tempo or tone and no processing time for the listener. Her mnemonics range from the somewhat useful to downright confusing. The music introducing the program and providing transitions between topics is jarring -- too loud and grating on the ear. Since Fogarty's expertise is written communication, a book would be more useful than this audio, which induces a battle between confusion with the objective, boredom with the material, and exhaustion with the pace. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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