The book is awesome: very helpful, and very, very funny. It's only about $14 retail, and worth every bit. I borrowed it from the library, but I'm going to buy a copy. (The book has a website at http://www.grammarsnobs.com/.)
Here are a few notes (to myself) that I jotted down while reading the book.
'correct' (perhaps not unanimously):
preventive (not preventative)
'entitled' for rights/privileges, 'titled' for the name of a book
The _Chicago Manual of Style_ (used for books) recommends using the Oxford comma. The _AP Stylebook_ (used for newspapers [and, arguably, blogs]) recommends omitting the Oxford comma. (The Oxford comma is the second comma in the following sentence: This blog is simultaneously pedagogical, pedantic, and pedestrian.)
Newspapers tend to use _Webster's New World College Dictionary_ (too bad for colleges of the old world), and books tend to use the _Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary_.
A screed is a long discourse. And a cool word.
Use 'which' for nonrestrictve clauses, and 'that' for restrictive clauses:
- This blog, which has a silly and misleading title, will be useful and/or interesting to a very small number of readers (on a good day).
- The _Best of Blondie_ CD that I bought last night is really bitchin'.