Staff Picks: Books
Staff-recommended reading from the
Don’t Go Their!
We are living in a time when the use of the English language in writing is at a level that could use some improvement. Now comes Charles Harrington Elster with a book that “shows you how to navigate the hairpin turns of grammar, diction, spelling, and punctuation with an entertaining driver’s manual covering 350 common word hazards and infractions, arranged in order of complexity for writers of all levels.” The key word here is “entertaining.” It’s easy to become engrossed in the 350 “accidents.” Some examples are “Don’t write included with it,” “It’s a safe-deposit box, not a safety-deposit box,” and “It’s fall through the cracks, not fall between the cracks.” The book is nicely indexed and there’s even a quiz entitled “Are You Roadworthy?” I love the cover.
The accidents of style : good advice on how not to write badly