Last weekend I visited Half Price Books on a mission to gather the tools necessary to become a bonafide grammar geek. If you’re familiar with my b*list, you’ll know that this pursuit is a life goal of mine, and has been for awhile. The short story behind it is that I’ve always loved writing and grammar, and I nearly majored in English. However, I fell for design, and haven’t once looked back. If you ever wonder why I blog, I will tell you now that a big part of it has to do with my love of writing. Now, while I know enough about grammar and punctuation to be a little bit dangerous, I am no expert (a fact that is obvious to all the editors in the audience). I would like that to change, however. My mild obsession with grammar and punctuation and vocabulary is about to become a full-fledged love affair. I am diving in with both feet, armed with a dictionary in one hand, a punctuation guide in the other, and a red pen tucked behind my ear. Wish me luck!
With the exception of A Moveable Feast (not the one you’re thinking of, but a book on foodie adventures around the world), the entire stack of books pictured above is dedicated to my grammar geek initiative. The titles are as follows:
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
The American Heritage Student Grammar Dictionary
100 Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces
East, Shoots & Leaves
I have a few other books on hand from my college days, which I will be dusting off and adding to the pile. In the meantime, I am looking for your suggestions. If you are an editor, copywriter, or a fellow (hopeful or established) grammar geek, share your tips, ideas, and favorite resources with me here! I am all ears.