Woe is I
Woe is I
“Woe is I” is a book authored by Patricia to assist individualsin their writings skills. After a friend referred me to this book, Ibecame interested to read it to see how far it can improve my writingskills as an academic writer and student. However, after reading it,I become shocked on how confusing it was. Its rules and standardswere perplexing and it did not help me at all. Below is a shorteducational essay describing how the book is unfit for writers.
While the book covers punctuation, grammar along with word choices,its tone is gusty, format organization is pleasant, and hassufficient sidebars together with lists for making a "Dummies"paperback blush, thus it is merely an introduction to writing. A lookat the conventions, shows the information being hidden in garrulouscases. Therefore, I am not convinced it is useful for readers whowant to advance their skills of grammar in an enduring way. Much ofthe writing in this book is muddled with ridiculous hilarity thatdiverts from the addressed issue. A good illustration is the sidewaysin the chapter covering verb-tense state, "that odd cracklingnoise you hear is the sound of a sentence short-circuiting!"Well, either that or my temper. (O`Conner, 2007).
As well, I discovered the outline annoying as well as unsupportivetowards real understanding. There is an inclination towards lengthylists inside every chapter. The chapter covering spellings has anextensive list of difficult-to-spell terms. This makes the booklovercaught off-guard with spell-check. Good, I presume. However in theevent I really want assistance, I will not find it since I memorizedlists of difficult terms—it will be from utilizing a lexicon, andyawn in favor of comprehensibility, regardless of how lively yourmeaning of word "recede" is. An example from the book,("Three e`s, and none of them together: Marc expectshemlines to recede next year (For hints aboutspelling "seedy" -sounding words, see above))(O`Conner, 2007)
As O`Conner utilizes just some examples (nearly no more than three)to exemplify her rule/point, the speed keeps moving however, withoutregard for greater understanding. I would not have attempted hardlyany exercise otherwise "test your comprehension."
Word choice section is greatly mixed as far as effectiveness isconcerned. One section covering "Verbal Abuse" may assistlexicon-adverse readers better comprehend numerous common phrases andwords which are applied incorrectly, for example "decimate,""irony, "hopefully," "literally," "lie/lay,""presume/assume," et cetera (O`Conner, 2007). It is achapter for individuals who are not sure of the definition of wordsthey utilize. Likewise, there is a section covering general clichésthat must be prevented, known as, "Death Sentence: Do ClichesDeserve to Die? (O`Conner, 2007). The meaning is fine, but attimes business-speaking makes the booklovers/readers think you do notaddress their jargon or are not acting in response to their thoughts.In addition, the section with 10 guidelines on "How to SayWhat You Mean," will be useful to newbies.
Astonishingly, the larger part of section covering punctuation andgrammar was well known to me. 9th class English!, ingeneral, is an important text in case you become unsure regardingyour skills of writing, or need writing semi-fluently inside yourbusiness. I am doubtful that this book will help many highlydeveloped writers who wish to advance their grammatical skill.
O`Conner, P. T. (2007). Woe is I for kids: A junior grammarphobes`guide to better English in plain English. New York: G.P. PutnamsSons.