Words, Words, Words.

The Elements of Style, Illustrated | April 12, 2009

This was my very favorite grammar book before Maria Kalman got a hold of it, and now it is my very favorite illustrated grammar book.

Maria Kalman’s website.

Some of the best illustrations, followed by the grammar rules they are illustrating:

"Well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are in."

"Well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are in."

“A name or a title in an address is parenthetic.”

~

Somebody else's umbrella

Somebody else's umbrella

“The pronominal possessives hers, its, theirs, yours, and ours have no apostrophe.  Indefinite pronouns, however, use the apostrophe to show possession.”

~

"His first thought on getting out of bed—if he had any thought at all–was to get back in again."

"His first thought on getting out of bed—if he had any thought at all–was to get back in again."

“Use a dash to set off an abrupt break or interruption and to announce a long appositive or summary.”

~

"None of us is perfect."

"None of us is perfect."

“With none, use the singular verb when the word means “no one” or “not one.”

I also appreciate how Kalman’s color scheme goes quite well with my wordpress theme.

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1 Comment »

  1. Wonderful, whimsical illustrations.

    Comment by tenthousandplaces — April 28, 2009 @ 5:58 am


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    "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

    "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "Which is to be master? That is all."

    Polonius: What do you read, my lord?

    Hamlet: Words, words, words.

    Words are live things that may be variously employed to various ends. ~George MacDonald

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