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Much ado about a lot : how to mind your manners in print and in person
Bruder, Mary Newton, 1939-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2000]

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x, 278 pages ; 22 cm
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In her inimitable, feisty fashion, the author helps readers pinpoint their grammar pitfalls with short quizzes and correct them with mental tricks. She lists hundreds of the most commonly-abused words, describes real-life grammar gaffes and offers the correct grammar etiquette. She shows us why grammar is more important than ever and when, where, and to whom correct usage matters the most. Much Ado About A Lot is a fun, useful, and relevant tool that will help everyone, from parents, teachers, and employers to children, students, and secretaries, get a grip on grammar.

Author Notes

Mary Newton Bruder has been writing The Grammar Lady column for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Chattanooga Free Press newspapers since 1988.

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Library Journal Review

In these days of spell check and sloppy journalism, Bruder has written a gem of a book that answers the question of why grammar matters. Bruder, known as "The Grammar Lady" for her columns in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Chattanooga Free Press, maintains a grammar hotline and runs an award-winning web site ( Her book is not quite a grammar handbook (although each section covers specific rules, examples, and spelling lists); it is more an informal celebration of the English language. "Typos of the Weak," scattered throughout the text, humorously illustrate the importance of punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure by providing examples of careless editing submitted by her many readers. Although her title doesn't reflect what is going on between the book's covers, Bruder does make an excellent point that etiquette in all forms of communication is sadly lacking in our culture and any effort made to restore both common courtesy and correct usage to our language is commendable. Recommended for most libraries.--Denise S. Sticha, Seton Hill Coll. Lib., Greensburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Important Note to Readerp. ix
Part 1 Why Grammar Mattersp. 1
Chapter 1 That Wicked Whichp. 3
Chapter 2 Me, Myself, and Ip. 14
Part 2 When, Where, and to Whom Grammar Mattersp. 27
Chapter 3 That's Entertainmentp. 29
Chapter 4 The Life of the Partyp. 53
Chapter 5 Work It Outp. 74
Chapter 6 The Home Frontp. 95
Chapter 7 Polishing the Applep. 114
Chapter 8 Those Hallowed Hallsp. 140
Chapter 9 The Human Condition--In God We Trustp. 162
Chapter 10 Product Will Be Hot After Heatingp. 181
Chapter 11 Bets and Arguments, Cries and Whispersp. 197
Part 3 Have We Lost Our Minds?p. 223
Chapter 12 Mail Callp. 225
Chapter 13 If in Doubt, Check These Outp. 241
A Brief Glossary of Grammarp. 245
Irregular Verbsp. 253
Answers to Mary's Beep. 257
Indexp. 273