Monday, August 30, 2010

Grammar Freaks Unite: share your wisdom, funny stories, and read-rage on The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar's Blog

Thanks to Fletcher Memorial Library for providing the link to SPOGG's blog!! (How fun is that to say ten times as quickly as you can?) SPOGG on Blogspot is "an online journal in which members of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar document their noble efforts."

Check out Things That Make Us [sic] by SPOGG founder Martha Brockenbrough. 10% of royalties are donated to a cause very near and dear to my heart, the National Brain Tumor Society.

This book is for people who experience heartbreak over love notes with subject-verb disagreements...for anyone who’s ever considered hanging up the phone on people who pepper their speech with such gems as “irregardless,” “expresso,” or “disorientated”...and for the earnest souls who wonder if it’s “Woe is Me,” or “Woe is I,” or even “Woe am I.” Martha Brockenbrough’s Things That Make Us (Sic) is a laugh-out-loud guide to grammar and language, a snarkier American answer to Lynn Truss’s runaway success, Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Brockenbrough is the founder of National Grammar Day and SPOGG -- the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar -- and as serious as she is about proper usage, her voice is funny, irreverent, and never condescending. Things That Make Us (Sic) addresses common language stumbling stones such as evil twins, clichés, jargon, and flab, and offers all the spelling tips, hints, and rules that are fit to print. It’s also hugely entertaining, with letters to high-profile language abusers, including David Hasselhoff, George W. Bush, and Canada’s Maple Leafs [sic], as well as a letter to --and a reply from -- Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Brockenbrough has written a unique compendium combining letters, pop culture references, handy cheat sheets, rants, and historical references that is as helpful as it is hilarious. 


  1. Do you know I have a SPOGG t-shirt? And we did an event with Martha when it came out?!? FANTASTIC author, fantastic book. Cute t-shirt, too.

  2. She sounds like an amusing person to spend time with. :-)


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