If you studied ""etymology"" and ""rhetoric"" in the days when schools listed those subjects, this will come as a reminder that the art of the choice of the right word, and the understanding back of that choice, is not a lost art. If you went to a modern school where such ideas were outmoded -- well, here is your chance to catch up. ""Grammar without tears"" -- yes, but more. Grammar is always in the making, but the etiquette of grammar here finds a protagonist. Anyone interested in the study of words, in the whys and where fores of correct usage, of principles governing that usage, will find this not only a sound text book, but an excellent reference book.