Sunday, 8 November 2015

Grammar: Know Your Shit or Know You're Shit | | Book Review

"I love learning about grammar, spelling and porcupine rodeos" 

Sounds bizarre and hilarious, right?

True. This book will teach you the in's and out's of grammar - you will probably become a "grammar fanatic". If you find yourself annoying your friends by correcting their grammar, then I'm 100% certain this book will make your friends hate you just a tiny bit more... But it's okay because is there anything better than fancy, correct grammar? No. 

Learning grammar sounds boring however this trendy, pocket sized (Depends on the size of your pocket, women don't get the privilege of many pockets) manual will teach you an enjoyable lesson. You won't feel like you're back in GCSE English reading Of Mice and Men!  You'll learn about word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc.) where to correctly place punctuation and the weird, wonderful and confusing ways of the English language.

Why does there have to be several similar sounding words with different meanings? Who hates the English so much that 'their' 'there' and 'they're' exist?

The graphology of the text is aesthetically pleasing with a colour palette of hot pink and black. Not all straight-forward writing - you'll find charts explaining grammar terms more efficiently. Helpful tips on what to do and what not to do and how to prevent yourself from embarrassment with incorrect grammar.

Interesting facts about the history of English, where the terms "upper class" and "lower class" lettering came from (This bit will make you think 'who are we letting be in charge of creating the rules for language?') and inspiring quotes from famous authors.

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master"
- Ernest Hemingway. 

You will close this book feeling fascinated that our language is so mind-blowing and complex. A humorous, informative read that will dramatically improve your quality of writing.

 I lied slightly when I said GCSE English is behind you, because nearer the end of the book there's a testing section. Test your brain on whether (or is it weather?...) you know your shit or you're shit!

Note: I frantically re-read this and checked my grammar. The irony if I've made a mistake. If you notice a mistake please don't break my fragile word loving heart by telling me. K thanks.