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What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? They’re all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.

Chapters include:

  • I’m Writing This While Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate Nominative
  • Semicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and Other Probing Annoyances
  • I’ll Take “I Feel Like a Moron” for $200, Alex—When to Put Punctuation Inside Quotation Marks
  • Snobbery Up with Which You Should Not Put Up—Prepositions
  • Is That a Dangler in Your Memo or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
  • Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd-Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned

Casagrande delivers practical and fun language lessons not found anywhere else, demystifying the subject and taking it back from the snobs. In short, it’s a grammar book people will actually want to read—just for the fun of it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hoping to make grammar both accessible and amusing, Casagrande offers practical and entertaining lessons on common uses and unfortunate abuses of the English language…In brief, cleverly titled sections, she addresses a slew of grammar and punctuation questions…She maintains her sass and her sense of humor throughout…Readers intimidated by style manuals and Lynne Truss will enjoy this populist grammar reference.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Through the delightful voice of Shelly Frasier, author Casagrande gives listeners a set of arrows with which to pierce the grammar snobs’ inflated sense of self-importance, using liberal doses of humor. Thanks to Frasier’s sharp comic timing, you’ll get the full effect of the author’s self-effacing exposé of grammatical crime—and be relieved to know most of the mistakes you’ve been accused of making are usually misdemeanors. Becoming aware of the vast gray zone of usage makes the English language a friendlier place.”

    AudioFile

  • “Casagrande brings a lively approach to her overview of basic grammar…Both sassy and edifying, Casagrande’s little tome will be especially useful to those in search of basic grammar instruction.”

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About the Author
Author June Casagrande

June Casagrande writes the popular and very humorous “A Word, Please” grammar column for four Los Angeles Times community newspapers. She has written over nine hundred articles for various newspapers and magazines and has four years of improvisational comedy training.