Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch
Let Verbs Power Your Writing
A writing handbook that celebrates the infinite pizzazz of verbs.
Writers know it instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. Grammar gurus agree: Drama in writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb). Constance Hale, the best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zooms in on the colorful world of verbs. Synthesizing the pedagogical and the popular, the scholarly and the scandalous, Hale combines the wit of Bill Bryson with the practical wisdom of William Zinsser. She marches through linguistic history to paint a layered picture of our language—from before it really existed to the quirky usages we see online today. She warns about habits to avoid and inspires with samples of brilliant writing. A veteran teacher, Hale gives writing prompts along the way, helping readers “try, do, write, play.” Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch guides us to more powerful writing by demonstrating how to use great verbs with style.
- October 2013
- 5.6 × 8.6 in
/ 400 pages
- Sales Territory: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“A worthwhile addition to any word-lover’s book shelf.” — New York Journal of Books
“A romp for the language obsessed, with a broad sampling of usage to help readers who want to become better writers.” — Nancy Almand, Library Journal
“Bubbling with energy and conviction.” — Kirkus Reviews