The Word Police are looking for a
few good people. As a certified Word Police officer, you will be
entitled to issue Grammar Citations when you see or hear crimes
against the language. To be inducted into the force, you must
pass a Word Police Academy exam. Entrance Exam is
here. Other Word Police Exams are
Got Questions on Usage or Grammar?
The good folks at the
Capital Community College Foundation will answer your
questions. This page links you to FAQs and grammar logs so you
can check to see if your question has been answered.
Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization: A Handbook for
Technical Writers and Editors by Mary K. McCaskill.
This online book has excellent content on grammar, punctuation,
and best of all, it has wonderful content on sentence structure. The
parts that focus on wordiness, conciseness, emphasis, and
making verbs vigorous are very useful. The book is set
up to be very quick and easy to use as well.
Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch.
Professor Lynch explains grammar, writing and usage of easily
confused words. Well organized alphabetically with a contents
page. Good for a quick overview of your topic.
I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English.
In these pages you'll find commonsense, jargon-free, even witty
answers to all your questions about the basics as well as the
subtleties of grammar, style, and usage. Whether you're
intimidated by possessives, baffled by pronouns, or simply have
no idea what a gerund is, Patricia T. O'Conner’s Woe Is I
can bail you out.
Origins of the Specious Myths and Misconceptions of the English
Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH?
Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a
sentence with “and,” or says “octopuses” instead of “octopi”? If
you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re
myth-informed. Go stand in the corner—and read this book!
In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T.
O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman explode the myths and
misconceptions that have led generations of language lovers
astray. They reveal why some of grammar’s best-known “rules”
aren’t—and never were—rules at all.
The Living Dead - Let Bygone Rules Be Gone
The house of grammar has many rooms, and some of them are haunted. Despite the best efforts of grammatical exorcists, the ghosts of dead rules and the spirits of imaginary taboos are still rattling and thumping about the old place. Read about these taboos including spilt infinitives, ending a
sentence with a preposition and beginning a sentence with and or
but and then help put them to rest.
Usage & Grammar