When You Catch and Adjective, Kill it
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When You Catch and Adjective, Kill it

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What do you get when you mix nine parts of speech, one great writer, and generous dashes of insight, humor, and irreverence? One phenomenally entertaining language book. In his waggish yet authoritative book, Ben Yagoda has managed to undo the dark work of legions of English teachers and libraries of dusty grammar texts. Not since School House Rock have adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs been explored with such infectious exuberance. Read If You Catch an Adjective, Kill It and:

Learn how to write better with classic advice from writers such as Mark Twain ("If you catch an adjective, kill it"), Stephen King ("I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs"), and Gertrude Stein ("Nouns . . . are completely not interesting"). Marvel at how a single word can shift from adverb ("I did okay"), to adjective ("It was an okay movie"), to interjection ("Okay!"), to noun ("I gave my okay"), to verb ("Who okayed this?"), depending on its use. Avoid the pretentious preposition at, a favorite of real estate developers (e.g., "The Shoppes at White Plains"). Laugh when Yagoda says he "shall call anyone a dork to the end of his days" who insists on maintaining the distinction between shall and will. Read, and discover a book whose pop culture references, humorous asides, and bracing doses of discernment and common sense convey Yagoda's unique sense of the "beauty, the joy, the artistry, and the fun of language."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 241 pages
  • 134.11 x 204.98 x 14.22mm | 281.23g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0767920783
  • 9780767920780
  • 460,655

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Advance praise for If You Catch an Adjective, Kill It:

"Absolutely required-and utterly fun-reading for anyone who cares about the work-in-progress that is the English language. Marvelous in every way." -Christopher Buckley

"All hail to Ben Yagoda! Not only has he publicly rescued mother from the ubiquitous debasement of mom, and consigned shall to the schoolmarm's dead-rules inferno, but-ebulliently-he dresses Fowler, his eminent usage-predecessor, in relaxed American shoes. Yagoda's invigorating interrogation of our language will excite every syntax-obsessed reader and writer. (And there are more of us than you might think.)"
-Cynthia Ozick
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Advance praise for If You Catch an Adjective, Kill It "Absolutely required--and utterly fun--reading for anyone who cares about the work-in-progress that is the English language. Marvelous in every way." --Christopher Buckley "All hail to Ben Yagoda! Not only has he publicly rescued mother from the ubiquitous debasement of mom, and consigned shall to the schoolmarm's dead-rules inferno, but--ebulliently--he dresses Fowler, his eminent usage-predecessor, in relaxed American shoes. Yagoda's invigorating interrogation of our language will excite every syntax-obsessed reader and writer. (And there are more of us than you might think.)"
--Cynthia Ozick
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About Ben Yagoda

BEN YAGODA teaches English at the University of Delaware, and is the author of four books, including The Sound on the Page and About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made. He has contributed to Slate.com, the New York Times Book Review, the American Scholar, Rolling Stone and Esquire, and writes an occasional column on language for the Chronicle of Higher Education. He lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
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Rating details

357 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 24% (86)
4 38% (136)
3 29% (103)
2 7% (24)
1 2% (8)
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