I ve been a fan of Miss Thistlebottom and Mr Bernstein since 1972 I ve given this book as a gift a half dozen times over the years I still reach for it every so often to settle a usage question It is both invaluable, irrepressibly witty, and seemingly ageless Before writing this review, I went back into the well thumbed pages of this book to make sure it had not been left in the wake of the three and a half decades since it was written It stands as relevant as ever A must have for anyone who relishes the English language and takes joy in its quirks. Entertaining A sensible stance amidst linguistic flux A pesky hobgoblin apparently interfered with the proofreading Bierce s appended Write It Right A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults captures 1909 with acerbic precision.
This book was purchased for my writing library and will be used to refer to as needed I like the fact that it s not your traditional writing style grammar book but quirky and original. ✓ Miss Thistlebottom's Hobgoblins: The Careful Writer's Guide to the Taboos, Bugbears and Outmoded Rules of English Usage ↠´ A great book to give any grammar snob who is a stickler for unnecessary and useless rules that have outlived their usefulness, if they were ever useful in the first place. Old Adage, Rules Are Made To Be Broken Has Never Been As Well Defended As In MISS THISTLEBOTTOM S HOBGOBLINS Throughout The Book, Bernstein Asserts That We Have Been Indoctrinated With English Usage Rules That Lack Flexibility And Evoke Fear, Confusion And Frustration In Writers There Are Times When Splitting An Infinitive Or Ending A Sentence With A Preposition Makes Sense Through A Series Of One Sided Correspondences With Bertha Thistlebottom, An Archetypal Grade School English Teacher, Bernstein Addresses The Community Of ç Miss Thistlebottom's Hobgoblins: The Careful Writer's Guide to the Taboos, Bugbears and Outmoded Rules of English Usage Â Download by ç Theodore M. Bernstein Rule Mongering Sticklers Who Have Tried To Squeeze The English Language Into A Set Of Inflexible Rules And Outmoded Definitions That Only Serve To Stifle Its Growth And Paralyze Writers In Addition To His Letters To Miss Thistlebottom, There Are Scores Of Entries Where Bernstein Debunks The Rules Of Yesteryear With Wit And Intelligence And Illustrates How To Write Effectively Without The Worry Of Hobgoblins
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Theodore M. Bernstein
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