Blair Conrad's Reviews > Things That Make Us (Sic): The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Takes on Madison Avenue, Hollywood, the White House, and the World

Things That Make Us (Sic) by Martha Brockenbrough
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Jan 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: grammar, nonfiction, library
Read in March, 2009

First off, there were a few more spelling/grammatical/copyediting errors than I’d’ve hoped in such a work. Worse, some came along fairly early, before the author had built up any karma.

That being said, overall the book is entertaining, educational, and funny. There are a few sections that devolve into laundry lists of terms or rules, but for the most part, the knowledge imparted is interesting. I enjoyed the letters that SPOGG has sent out to various personalities (including Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). Some of the examples were more risqué than I’m used to in a grammar-related book, but all the more memorable for that.

Acid test – I was reviewing a document at work today and thought, “What would Martha Brockenrough say about this construction?” so points gained there.

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