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100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses
     

100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses

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by American Heritage Publishing Staff (Editor)
 

The 100 Words series continues to set the standard for measuring and improving vocabulary, with a new title focusing on words that are best known for getting people into linguistic trouble. 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses is the perfect book for anyone seeking clear and sensible guidance on avoiding the recognized pitfalls of the English

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The 100 Words series continues to set the standard for measuring and improving vocabulary, with a new title focusing on words that are best known for getting people into linguistic trouble. 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses is the perfect book for anyone seeking clear and sensible guidance on avoiding the recognized pitfalls of the English language.

Each word on the list is accompanied by a concise and authoritative usage note based on the renowned usage program of the American Heritage® Dictionaries. These notes discuss why a particular usage has been criticized and explain the rules and conventions that determine what’s right, what’s wrong, and what falls in between. Troublesome pairs such as affect / effect, blatant / flagrant, and disinterested / uninterested are disentangled, as are vexing sound-alikes such as discrete / discreet and principal / principle. Other notes tackle such classic irritants as hopefully, impact, and aggravate, as well as problematic words like peruse and presently.

A great graduation gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who cares about language, 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses is guaranteed to help keep writers and speakers on the up-and-up!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618493333
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/10/2004
Series:
100 Words Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
736,811
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
12 - 11 Years

Meet the Author


The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

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100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses 1.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Dr_Sunburst More than 1 year ago
Some common mistakes were highlighted. Very few were ones I did not know. Many differences were very obscure. The layout made cross-referencing somewhat cumbersome. Flipping back and forth between the Es for "ensure" and the Is for "insure" could have been avoided by dropping the alphabetizing and using an index, thus presenting the words together. After all that work flipping, the gist is that either is fine, unless you are in the insurance industry. The print was large and the pages small - several words could have been presented and contrasted on a few larger pages - but then I guess it would not have been thick enough to bind. It was a laudable effort, but I do not think it accomplished what it meant to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having perused this book, I must say that I am disappointed. I had expected, and hoped, to find 'your, you're'; or 'there, their, they're' among the words listed. They weren't even touched on, nor included. Nor did I find the 'either/or and neither/nor' rule. These are every-day, common-place words that I have seen misused over and over... daily! If you're going to print such material... please include the most common words that are confused and misused. Don't focus on the obsure ones.
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MWH50 More than 1 year ago
This is a very compact useful book for students and the general public. It makes an excellent gift for any student at the high school or college level.