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Things That Make Us [Sic] by Martha Brockenbrough

October 14th, 2008 (12:52 pm)
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Things That Make Us [Sic] by Martha Brockenbrough is the funnest most fun book on grammar you'll ever read. It offers grammar tips, discusses cliches, and lists of misspelled and misused words.

Brockenbrough, founder of Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG), has written an engaging, humorous, and accurate assessment. The black-and-white illustrations by Jamie Temairik are right in step with the tone of the book, depicting misuse and anecdotes described in the text.

Things That Make Us [Sic] by Martha Brockenbrough is available in bookstores everywhere, and is a must-have for teachers, librarians, and grammar nuts.

Ten percent of the author's royalties will support The National Brain Tumor Society.

The Meaning of [Sic]

As defined in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary:

sic
/sik/
adverb (after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or wrong) written exactly as it stands in the original.
— ORIGIN Latin, 'so, thus'.

Love That SPOGG

Martha will happily make you a custom autographed bookplate and send it to you along with a Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) membership card. All you have to do is send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request to:

SPOGG
1609 37th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Critical Reviews of Things That Make Us [Sic]

"'Grammar' and 'glamour' have the same derivation: an old Scottish word meaning 'sorcery.' So, good grammar is not merely a glamorous antidote to creeping meatballism, it has the power of the black arts behind it. Martha Brockenbrough is hip to these secrets."
- Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Villa Incognito, and Skinny Legs and All

"Martha Brockenbrough is hilarious."
- June Casagrande, author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

Read more reviews at the website, which also provides information about the book, the author, and The Steve Higgins Memorial Copy Editing Contest. Martha also offers 10 easy grammar tips and has a schedule of upcoming appearances.

I had a great deal of fun working with Martha while creating the website. Grammar rules!

http://www.thingsthatmakeussic.com

Comments

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)

double yay! I love grammar, and (as a brain tumor survivor) I am extremely well pleased with author's charity of choice. Not one, but two good reasons to buy a book when it first comes out! I love it when I can negotiate my way out of my obligation to live frugally...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)

Hurrah! ((vibes))

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)

Just added info to this post about freebies/membership offer from the author.

Posted by: Bink (funkmasterbink)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)

Haha, my friend, in the post directly above this on my friends page, said "mute point." Nice timing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)

HA!

:)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
TadMack says: :)

Mmm. I *NEED* this book. It sounds as much fun as the graphic version of Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 29th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says: :)

Yes, indeed! :)

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: September 30th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
gallagher girl

This sounds really fun. :) I'll make sure to pick it up when it comes out.

Have you read Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss? Hilarious, wonderful book on grammar.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 30th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)

Enjoy!

Yes, I have. Oh, the pandas.

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: September 30th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
optimistic

Oh good. I thought you probably had. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 30th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)

I love proper punctuation.

Posted by: lizgallagher (lizgallagher)
Posted at: September 30th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)

Woo! I'm planning to go to a bookstore event for Martha!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 30th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)

Yay! Please give her my best. Wish I could be there!

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