Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay

Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged

Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis; Illustrations by Jim McLean

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For years Richard Lederer has enthralled fans of the English language with his keen insights, commonsense advice, and witty presentation. Now Lederer has teamed up with Richard Dowis to take readers on another journey through the world's most wonderful, albeit perplexing, language. How many times have we all heard the word viable used in company meetings? Lederer and Dowis show us how "viable," somewhere along the line, was extracted from medical books, where it literally means "capable of living," and placed into the business lexicon, where it means...well, who knows?

The authors clear up once and for all the confusion between lay and lie and put to rest some common myths about language. The book's finale is a ten-minute writing lesson from which everyone, from rank amateur to seasoned pro, can benefit. These and dozens of other features make this book pure pleasure for language buffs, writers, and teachers. Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay is useful and authoritative as well as fun to read, with humorous touches often popping up where least expected and most needed.

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Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay
ISleeping Dogs and Other Ponderables 
 
"I don't want to talk grammar, I want to talk like a lady," says the irrepressible Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Perhaps Miss Doolittle speaks for many who just don't want to bother with grammar but are quite eager to talk "like a lady"--or a gentleman. Or, for that matter, like a judge, a physician, or a corporate executive.Using perfect grammar in speaking and writing does not necessarily mark one as articulate, clever, or even intelligent.

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"Someone should declare Richard Lederer a national treasure."--Anne Merriman, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Richard Lederer has done it again-- another delightful, witty, and hugely absorbing celebration of the English language. Is there no stopping this man?"--Bill Bryson, author of A Walk in the Woods

"Columnist and punster Richard Lederer may be William Safire's only living peer at writing about grammar, word usage, and derivations."--Washington Post Book World

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Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis; Illustrations by Jim McLean

Richard Lederer is the author of more than a dozen books on language and literature. He speaks and lectures throughout the country and is often a guest on radio and television.

Richard Dowis, a former journalist and public-relations executive, is the author of a recent book on speechwriting. He is president of the Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature, a two-thousand-member organization of language lovers and word watchers. Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay is the second book that Lederer and Dowis have cowritten. The first, The Write Way, was published in 1996.

Richard Lederer
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Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay
Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged
Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis; Illustrations by Jim McLean

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429906388
ISBN10: 1429906383
224 pages
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April 2001
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ISBN: 9780312263942
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