August 12th, 2009

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Reference: Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
by Mignon Fogarty

Description: Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty puts out a weekly podcast on grammar and usage. Some of her topics are common errors, while others are listener/reader questions.

Why is it useful? This is a straightforward and entertaining look at some of the trickier parts of grammar and usage. Fogarty uses a conversational style without a lot of intimidating grammar terms, and she often provides a mnemonic by which you can remember the rules. Despite being, as the title says, quick and dirty, the answers go into some depth: she'll often delve into the "why" of a rule as well as the "what." As a bonus, on the posted transcript pages, you'll often find interesting discussions in the Comments section.

This isn't a replacement for a good grammar tome; it's not organized like a rule book and it is not comprehensive. But on the other hand, you aren't going to find How to Write a Great Blog Comment in Strunk & White.

You can find Grammar Girl podcasts and episode transcripts here. Or, if you would rather have a book you can physically page through, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is available at Amazon and other retailers.