When my wife caught me listening to and laughing at a book on English grammar and style, she sighed and said, “You’re such a nerd.” She knew this fundamental truth about me before accepting my proposal, though it’s possible that at the time she didn’t fully understand its depths.
If you’re hip to the tongue-in-cheek irony of the subtitle, “An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style,” there is every chance you’ll delight in Dreyer’s English. It will likely also challenge some of your most rabidly held grammatical beliefs that you’ve cherished since Miss Klomp’s 7th grade English class, such as: You can’t start a sentence with “but,” “and,” or “or.” Or use fragments.
Even if you don’t feel like listening to all nine hours of the audio version, narrated by Dreyer, everyone who deems to inflict their prose onto others really ought to have a copy of this book handy. Even if it doesn’t send you into fits of laughter.