The Elements of F*cking Style

A Helpful Parody

Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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The truth about English is that it can get pretty boring. Dangling modifiers, gerunds, punctuation marks--it’s enough to make you want to drop out of high school. Swearing and sex on the other hand, well, these time-honored pastimes warm the cockles of our hearts. Now, The Elements of F*cking Style drags English grammar out of the ivory tower and into the gutter, injecting a dull subject with a much-needed dose of color.

This book addresses everything from common questions (“What the hell is a pronoun?”) to philosophical conundrums (“Does not using paragraphs or periods make my thesis read like it was written by a mental patient?”). Other valuable sections include:

•All I’ve got in this world are my sentences and my balls, and I don’t break ’em for nobody

 •A colon is more than an organ that gets cancer

•Words your bound to f*ck up

 One glance at your friend’s blog should tell you everything you need to know about the sorry state of the English language. This book gives you the tools you need to stop looking like an idiot on message boards and in interoffice memos. Grammar has never before been so much f*cking fun.

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I. Rules That Even Foreigners Should Know
 

1. Possession is more than a rap on the knuckles.
These rules are all pretty fucking simple. Most people learned these rules in the first or second grade, and as a result, most have forgotten them and look like idiots because of it.
Form the possessive form of nouns by adding ’s.
You add an ’s to the end of the word, no matter what the last consonant is. Consonants, in case you’re unaware, are letters other than a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.

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“To be sure, this is not a book for readers who might have an aversion to foul language or references to drugs and sex. Its 96 pages are replete with hilarious references, but don’t let that discourage you—Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen have ensured that naughty words serve the noble purpose of promoting good grammar.”

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Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen

Grammar nerds Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen are the cofounders of The F*cking Word of the Day.

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The Elements of F*cking Style
A Helpful Parody
Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2011
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ISBN: 9781429940214
ISBN10: 1429940212
96 pages
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2011
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ISBN: 9780312583774
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