The library recently introduced a new collection of books about the English Language. The books cover grammar, word usage and origin, history of the English Language, writing, and punctuation. Some of the books are useful for quick reference when you need to look up a troublesome word or grammar question. (A Writer’s Reference by Diane Hacker and Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage). Others are meant to be read from cover to cover and are actually entertaining. If you think grammar can’t be fun, read Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss, or The Elephants of Style by Bill Walsh.
This collection will be helpful for students who need to brush up on their grammar and writing skills, as well as for ESL students who are puzzled by various aspects of the English language. Popular ESL books include Basic American Grammar and Usage by Marcel Danesi, The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations by Charles Harrington Elster, and Three Little Words: A, An and The by Elizabeth Claire.
Many of the books in the English Language Collection came from the estate of Mark Solomon, former tax professor, who died in March. Mark was a stickler about language and encouraged his students to practice good writing and speaking skills in order to be successful in their careers. Stop by and browse the new collection, located near the library’s circulation desk. We’ll continue to add to this group of books, so if you have a specific need, speak to a librarian.
*You won’t find the word grammarphobe in the dictionary. It's a combining form, created by joining a word (grammar) with a suffix (-phobe). The word describes a person who fears grammar, and was popularized by the title of one of the books in the English Language Collection--Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English.