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Posted January 12, 2012
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Good source to go to in case you're caught in a pickle on which word to use, and feel like I'm a little better prepared in writing a paper having read this book along with tips to follow and mistakes in trying to avoid.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Thank you for having this in a giveaway program ;) and getting it to me so quickly as well. Very enjoyable read :) Thank you Nancy :)
Posted December 24, 2011
I am going to mention this book to my graduate students as I really think it would help them...
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I love words. In high school, my favorite class was English when we were learning vocabulary. Sometimes I even open up the dictionary at random to learn a new word and I keep a notepad in my desk drawer of words I have learned and try to find reasons to use them. Yes, I am a geek. So it is no small wonder that I really enjoyed Nancy Ragno¿s book, "Word Savvy".
According to the author, a writer¿s number one mistake is choosing the wrong word. As a college professor, I see this happen all the time with my students. I like how Ragno arranged the book not only to point out the most commonly confused word pairs and misused words, but also to provide definitions, examples and memory tricks to help the reader keep the words straight in his/her mind, and quizzes. It is one thing to write an explanation of the words, but Ragno went a delightful step further by providing exercises whereby the reader will practice using the words appropriately and correctly. The best way to learn something is through practice and this book is created to allow you to do that and master the words for life.
Next semester, I am going to mention this book to my graduate students as I really think it would help them. Regrettably, one of the problems that is still plaguing graduate students is an inability to write and I think that if they invested enough time to read this book, it would benefit their writing not only by helping them separate the commonly misused word pairs, but by improving their writing as well.