There are fascinating tidbits in this book for the word lover. For example, the author bemoans and befriends the addition of the word irregardless to the dictionary.
She also writes a bit about grammar.
Do not end a sentence with a preposition
This is a rule I certainly remember being taught in grade school. Why this rule?
Before we get into the why of this rule, some background:
First, the author reminds us that until the mid-fifteenth century, Latin and French were the languages of official documents.
Second, Latin and French had been around a long time and had grammatical standards in place. English, as a written language, was unruly. Grammar standards were needed for use in court and legal documents.
How in the world are Latin and French related to English grammar rules? Read on ~
That unexpected hit of humor that peeped out there? The author has bits of those moments sprinkled throughout her book. And I appreciate the behind-the-scenes peek at the working life of a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster.
If you wish to learn more about the English language, this is your book! Check it out.