Re: "Grammar Stinks."

Subject: Re: "Grammar Stinks."
From: "Lin Sims" <linda -dot- sims -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 15:54:46 -0400

On 20 Sep 2002 at 13:53, Jo Francis Byrd wrote:

> I grew up reading. Can't remember not knowing how to read, and I read
> everything. Still do. If nothing else is available, I read the back of
> the cereal box in the morning (OK, let's see a show of hands, how many
> of us are incurable readers?). Growing up, I read a lot of classics
> (partly because that was the only thing available).

Are you kidding? Almost the only times I'm not reading something are
when I'm asleep, in the shower, or driving. As a child, I used to read
my mom's Harlequins once I'd run out of books of my own to read.
Mom never did go to the library as often as I'd like (for the record, we
went about once a week, and yes, I checked out a LOT of books).

As a result of all the reading, I wrote pretty well, or so I thought
(because my teachers said so) until 10th grade English when I was
introduced to the work of Katherine Obenchain and her Sentence and
Visual Punctuation rules. I then learned that I still had plenty to learn
about sentence, paragraph, and paper construction. I have a sheet of
paper with the 15 punctuation mnemonics on it, and I can still recite
the rules just from looking at the mnemonics.

I just wish I could get a copy of her texts, but they were never
published by a major printhouse and are, I think, now out of print. I like
my Gregg manual; it covers a lot of territory that Obenchain never did,
but it lacks the elegant simplicity of those mnemonics.

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