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Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time (Quick and Dirty Tips)

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ISBN13: 9780312573478
ISBN10: 0312573472
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Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times. Now shes turning her attention to improving our vocabulary — one troublesome word at a time.

Do you run a gauntlet or gantlet? Do you choose between or among more than two things? How many ways are there to spell "Chanukah," and which is correct? Grammar Girl to the rescue! This handy reference guide contains 101 troublesome words defined and decoded so they'll never trouble you again.

Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from historic luminaries such as Benjamin Franklin and Louisa May Alcott, as well as contemporary notables such as David Sedaris and JK Rowling, this highly-usable guidebook gives you the tools to speak and write correctly at any occasion, setting you up for a lifetime of success.

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Are you feeling "all right" or "alright"? Does "biweekly" mean twice a week or every two weeks? Do you run a gauntlet or a gantlet? Is a pair of twins four people or two? The English language is always changing, and that means we are left with words and phrases that are only sort of wrong (or worse, have different definitions depending on where you look them up). How do you know which to use? Grammar Girl to the rescue!

This handy reference guide contains the full 411 on 101 words that have given you trouble before — but will never again. Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from pop culture icons such as Gregory House and J. K. Rowling, as well as from classical writers such as Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, this highly-useable guidebook takes the guesswork out of your writing, so you'll never be at a loss for words again.

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Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times. Now shes turning her attention to solving your worst problems—one troublesome word at a time.Are you feeling "all right" or "alright"? Does "biweekly" mean twice a week or every two weeks? Do you run a gauntlet or a gantlet? Is a pair of twins four people or two? The English language is always changing, and that means we are left with words and phrases that are only sort of wrong (or worse, have different definitions depending on where you look them up). How do you know which to use? Grammar Girl to the rescue! This handy reference guide contains the full 411 on 101 words that have given you trouble before—but will never again. Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from pop culture icons such as Gregory House and J. K. Rowling, as well as from classical writers such as Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, this highly-useable guidebook takes the guesswork out of your writing, so youll never be at a loss for words again.  

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty, the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and The Grammer Devotional. Her straightforward, bite-sized tips on grammar have led to features in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and an appearance on Oprah. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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kindersteele, July 15, 2012 (view all comments by kindersteele)
I'm a copy editor who reads Grammar Girl's books regularly and many other language books too. It's important to keep up on the English language, because it's always changing. This book confirmed quite a few things for me, including that yes, the usage of a few words has changed, and yes, I'm going to be a better editor for reading this book and keeping up with the industry.

This book is the perfect size to carry with you, like most of Mignon's books.

A few things that I learned from this book that make it worth reading!
- Alright vs. all right = I need to use "all right" because it's the only spelling that Standard English recognizes.
- Begs the question is a hard phrase to get right!
- Dilemma should be used to describe a choice between two alternatives.
- "Free gift" is still redundant.
- "Gotten" is OK to use.
- This was news to me, but "momentarily" is losing its original meaning.
- I have always use "myriad" correctly.
- A good memory trick is given for remembering when to use "noisome."
- "Okay" is also OK!
- Most often one should choose "use" over "utilize" - my favorite!!

To read more, you'll have to buy the book! I feel so empowered with great knowledge after reading Mignon's books. Some of it can be the most basic, but a refresher is always in order, and you learn something new that you didn't before. I learned a lot, and as I said in the opening, I'm going to be a better editor for it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312573478
Author:
Fogarty, Mignon
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
M
Author:
ignon Fogarty
Subject:
Administration
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Reference-Grammar and Style
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Quick & Dirty Tips
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.125 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Are you feeling "all right" or "alright"? Does "biweekly" mean twice a week or every two weeks? Do you run a gauntlet or a gantlet? Is a pair of twins four people or two? The English language is always changing, and that means we are left with words and phrases that are only sort of wrong (or worse, have different definitions depending on where you look them up). How do you know which to use? Grammar Girl to the rescue!

This handy reference guide contains the full 411 on 101 words that have given you trouble before — but will never again. Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from pop culture icons such as Gregory House and J. K. Rowling, as well as from classical writers such as Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, this highly-useable guidebook takes the guesswork out of your writing, so you'll never be at a loss for words again.

"Synopsis" by ,
Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times. Now shes turning her attention to solving your worst problems—one troublesome word at a time.Are you feeling "all right" or "alright"? Does "biweekly" mean twice a week or every two weeks? Do you run a gauntlet or a gantlet? Is a pair of twins four people or two? The English language is always changing, and that means we are left with words and phrases that are only sort of wrong (or worse, have different definitions depending on where you look them up). How do you know which to use? Grammar Girl to the rescue! This handy reference guide contains the full 411 on 101 words that have given you trouble before—but will never again. Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from pop culture icons such as Gregory House and J. K. Rowling, as well as from classical writers such as Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, this highly-useable guidebook takes the guesswork out of your writing, so youll never be at a loss for words again.  
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