Things That Make Us [Sic] by Martha Brockenbrough is the
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:
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:
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!