Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay

Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged

Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis

St. Martin's Griffin

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For years Richard Lederer has entertained fans of the English language with his keen insights, commonsense advice, and witty patter. Now Lederer and Richard Dowis take readers on another journey through our most "wiggy" of languages. How many times have we all heard the word "viable" used in company meetings? The authors show us how "viable" was at one time extracted from medical books, where it is actually defined as "capable of living," and placed into our consumer marketplace. Then there is confusion between "lay" and "lie," which the authors clear up once and for all. These and dozens of delightful examples make this book pure pleasure for language buffs, writers, and teachers.

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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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Praise for Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay

"It's a fun read, and you'll learn something." --Gary Kaufman, Salon

"Lederer's many fans won't be disappointed...mixing humor with rigor, he and coauthor Dowis have created a grammar guide for those who like their split infinitives with a side of laughter." --Library Journal

"[An] offbeat, enlightening guide to proper English usage." --Publishers Weekly

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Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis

Richard Lederer is the author of a shelf of books on language and grammar, including, most recently, The Bride of Anguished English. He cohosts weekly radio program on NPR in San Diego, and speaks throughout the country. He lives in San Diego, California.

Richard Dowis is president for the Society of the Preservation of English Language and Literature. He is author of The Lost Art of the Great Speech and, with Richard Lederer, the coauthor of The Write Way. He lives in Waleska, Georgia.

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Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay
Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged
Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2001
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312263942
ISBN10: 0312263945
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$17.99

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