The Elements of F*cking Style (Paperback)

A Helpful Parody

By Chris Baker, Jacob Hansen

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312583774, 96pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2011

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The truth about English is that it can get pretty boring. Dangling modifiers, gerunds, punctuation marks--it's enough to make you want to drop out of high school. Swearing and sex on the other hand, well, these time-honored pastimes warm the cockles of our hearts. Now, The Elements of F*cking Style drags English grammar out of the ivory tower and into the gutter, injecting a dull subject with a much-needed dose of color.

This book addresses everything from common questions ("What the hell is a pronoun?") to philosophical conundrums ("Does not using paragraphs or periods make my thesis read like it was written by a mental patient?"). Other valuable sections include:

•All I've got in this world are my sentences and my balls, and I don't break 'em for nobody

•A colon is more than an organ that gets cancer

•Words your bound to f*ck up

One glance at your friend's blog should tell you everything you need to know about the sorry state of the English language. This book gives you the tools you need to stop looking like an idiot on message boards and in interoffice memos. Grammar has never before been so much f*cking fun.

About the Author

Chris Baker began his career as a writer at a small nonprofit advertising agency where he created campaigns for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MTV, the Gill Foundation, and Google. His work produced there garnered international press and attention. Formerly a writer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the most influential advertising agency of the last decade, Chris has just made his triumphant return to New York City, as a copywriter at BBDO Worldwide. His work has been recognized by the One Show, Cannes, and D&AD. With Jacob Hansen, he is cofounder of The F*cking Word of the Day.

Praise For The Elements of F*cking Style: A Helpful Parody

“To be sure, this is not a book for readers who might have an aversion to foul language or references to drugs and sex. Its 96 pages are replete with hilarious references, but don’t let that discourage you—Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen have ensured that naughty words serve the noble purpose of promoting good grammar.” —The Weekly Standard