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Only an ultracrepidarian mumpsimus would mind my announcing that my new book is out!

Bryan Garner, author of "Garner's Modern American Usage" tweeted this morning about two really fun words I thought I'd pass along:


"Two of my favorite words: 'ultracrepidarian' and 'mumpsimus.' They're closely related.

"ultracrepidarian = one who pretends to greater knowledge than he or she actually possesses; esp., a know-nothing know-it-all.

"mumpsimus = one who persists in error despite irrefutable correction. President. G.W. Bush was a mumpsimus when it came to saying 'nuclear.'"

Neither Webster's New World College Dictionary nor Merriam-Webster contained either word. But Dictionary.com had 'em:



Also, my new book is out today! It's called "It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences" and it's designed to help writers with their prose at the sentence level. I'm very excited!

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Is someone who's really old

Is someone who's really old an ultradecrepitarian? :)

Eric the Elder

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Congratulations on your new book!

I shall look forward to buying a copy as soon as my discretionary fund pool is replenished. Sounds like a fun read. Reminds me of a line I heard in some movie I was watching peripherally.

Prosecuting attorney: Five years for attempted murder??!! That's not a sentence; it's not even a subordinate clause!



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What a great movie line

I love that. And thanks for the congrats!

- J

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I ordered your books today!

Hi June,

In the past, I wanted to get your grammar books and study,
but I put it off. Well, I bought all three of your books today because I was inspired with your previous post on editing and also a newspaper article on your site.

The books should arrive by Aug. 10th. I can't wait.

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Thank you!

That's so nice, Keiko! Thanks for letting me know!

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Your Shining Black Book


I received your books from Powell the day before and started to read the latest book. The first sentence rocks! Nobody can deny it. Here I was ready to tackle a serious-business book, which I put it off for a long time. I read, I giggled, and I read more and laughed out loud.

So far, I finished 79 pages and felt as though I was reading an Al Franken’s book, Lies. I just love your sample sentences. They make sense and tickle my bone. More I read, more I expect to read funny things. Thank you for entertaining the readers. Oh, I forgot: we are gods and goddesses.

With that spirit in mind, I’ve marked a few questions so far. If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask your opinion about them when I’m done with it.

Also, I like all the covers of your books, but the cover of “GRAMMAR SNOBS...” is my favorite. It’s cute and beautiful. Maybe, the texture of the paper gives more comfort to my eyes. The latest book is shining, and it looks quite serious. So, I enjoy the contrast between the looks of the cover and the manner the content was written. I think it’s artistic.