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The Accidental Apostrophe: ... And Other Misadventures in Punctuation
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Caroline Taggart
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The Accidental Apostrophe: ... And Other Misadventures in Punctuation

Caroline Taggart



Usage & grammar guides;


192 pages

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Caroline Taggart, who has made a name for herself expounding on the subjects of grammar, usage and words generally (and who for decades made her living putting in the commas in other people's work), takes her usual gentle and gently humorous approach to punctuation. She points out what matters and what doesn't; why using six exclamation marks where one will do is perfectly OK in a text but will lose you marks at school; why hang glider pilots in training really need a hyphen; and how throwing in the odd semicolon will impress your friends. Sometimes opinionated but never dogmatic, she is an ideal guide to the (perceived) minefield that is punctuation.

By:   Caroline Taggart
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
ISBN:   9781782438205
ISBN 10:   1782438203
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular non-fiction for thirty years before being asked by Michael O'Mara Books to write I Used to Know That, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Following that she was co-author of My Grammar and I (or should that be 'Me'?), and wrote a number of other books about words and English usage. She has appeared frequently on television and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and whether or not Druids Cross should have an apostrophe. New Words for Old and Misadventures in the English Language are her latest books for Michael O'Mara, with The Accidental Apostrophe: Misadventures in Punctuation due in Autumn 2017. Her website is and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

This book aims to fill you in on the stuff you wish you'd been taught at school. --Times on A Classical Education Beautifully produced . . . a lot of fun. --Tribune on My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?) Explores the origins of common proverbs and sayings, examining whether they really do hold true. --Daily Mirror on An Apple a Day

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