Teaser Tuesday – 8

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

teaser tuesday

To play along, just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
• Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My tease for today is from Grammar Without Tears, by Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

grammar

(this scene is about the use of inverted commas)

A: Oh, I see. What an idiot. It says ‘”SMOKERS please use the ashtray’. The problem, Biggles old thing, is in the use of inverted commas. You see, this fool has used them for emphasis, whereas actually enclosing a word in inverted commas weakens its meaning – saying “smokers” in inverted commas really means something like, ‘people who are thought to be smokers but are actually not’, or pseudo smokers, something like that. This is why it’s so offensive when people ask after your “HUSBAND”, if you’re a lady, that is. They are really implying that he’s not your real husband but a you-know-what.

B: By Jove! How dastardly!

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Non-fiction, but of a very original type. I like the way Tabitha illustrates the most important aspects an author should be aware of, when writing. She made each one into scenes or dialogue. Novel and imaginative.

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