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Booking Through Thursday

March 4, 2010

I haven’t done a BTT question in ages. Here’s today’s Booking Through Thursday.

In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?

More importantly, have you read them?

How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?

I do have several grammar books. I think my favorite is Woe Is I, because it uses humor to make grammar rules make sense. I have two copies of the AP Style Guide. A recent edition, and a spiral bound edition from a few years ago that belonged to my Dad when he was the editor of the Star-Ledger. Using that one makes me smile.

I am still trying to brush up my skills so that I could be employable as a copy editor. I’m decent at editing text, and catching glaring typos, but not sure I’ve got the skills to take a test. Tests make me nervous.

Grammar is important. Or, at least, a mutually understood shared grammar. (I’ve been hanging out with a linguistics grad student, can you tell?) And I think it’s important for me to master grammar and style enough to be a better writer and an employable copy editor because that’s a skill set for me to master, and could, who knows, make me more employable.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2010 11:11 am

    I think from a perfessional stand point, it is essential, but I do not think it is a big priority with everyday performances.Here’s mine.

  2. March 4, 2010 12:56 pm

    I think grammar is quite vital. My BTT answer is located here: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/03/booking-through-thursday-grammar.html

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