Kim'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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Nov 16, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009

Really, 4 1/2 stars. I am nervous to write a review for this book because I am sure I will make some sort of grammatical error, thus demonstrating that I didn't learn ANYTHING. I thought this book was fabulous -- everything a grammar-loving nerd could want. If you consider yourself somewhat proficient in grammar (ahem), you will enjoy smiling with smug satisfaction every time the author addresses a grammar faux pas that bothers you too. I actually applauded when she ranted about those signs people hang up outside their houses with their family name written as a possessive instead of a plural. There is a house next door to Sofie's piano teacher with a lamppost sign reading "The Reuker's" (name changed to protect the guilty), and it makes me cringe every time I see it. The letters to grammar-offending celebrities are also great -- grammar rehab for Justin Timberlake -- excellent!

This book also works as a reference guide, with lists of commonly misspelled words, words that are often mixed-up (insure/ensure, affect/effect), and there's even a handy to chart to help with the whole lie/lay thing. (I'll never get it right!!)

Throw in a lot of references to The Princess Bride, a list of the Latin roots of Harry Potter spells, and a super snarky sense of humor, and you've got yourself a winner.

I'll end with my favorite quote from the book, "You can't make the past perfect, but there's no need to make the present tense!"

Okay, maybe I should have gone with 5 stars...

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message 1: by Becky (new)

Becky Why does Justin Timberlake need grammar rehab? I don't think there's anything grammatically wrong with his songs. He's a grammatical genius.

message 2: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim "When you cheated, girl. My heart bleeded, girl."

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