It can be much harder than it seems; commas, colons, semi-colons and even apostrophes can drive us all mad at times, but it riles no one more than the longest-serving resident of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, grammar guru Gyles Brandreth.
In this brilliantly funny tirade on grammar, Gyles anatomises the linguistic horrors of our times, tells us where we've beengoing wrong (and why) and shows us how, in future, we can get it right everytime. Is 'alright' all right? You'll find out right here. From dangling clausesto gerunds, you'll also discover why Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
In Have You Eaten Grandma? he waxes lyrical about the importance of language as, after all, it is what we use to define ourselves and is ultimately what makesus human.
Gyles Daubeney Brandreth is an English theatre producer, actor, politician, journalist, author and TV presenter. Born in Germany, he moved to London at the age of three and, after his education at New College, Oxford, he began his career in television. He went from presenting Puzzle Party in the 1970s, to appearing in Countdown's Dictionary Corner for over 300 episodes. His career has since encompassed becoming an MP and appearing regularly on TV and radio, but writing is his true passion. His past books include; Word Play, Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations and Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries.