Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time

Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time

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by Mignon Fogarty
     
 

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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 she’s turning her attention to solving your worst problems—one troublesome word at a time.

Are you feeling "all right" or "alright"? Does "biweekly"

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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 she’s 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 you’ll never be at a loss for words again.  

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Library Journal
Fogarty's (Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, The Grammar Devotional) newest grammar guide continues her directions for the correct usage of specific words. From the choice to use African American or black to the contemporary graduated high school diction, the author examines words' traditional meanings and their changing usage. Other terms that we incorrectly think we understand are explained. For example, gantlet is the preferred word for describing "a path lined with attackers"—as in "to run the gantlet"—and a gauntlet is a glove. Consult Fogarty's title for directions on the use of in to versus into and than I versus than me. VERDICT A useful and fascinating compendium for writers, speakers, and grammar aficionados.—Marilyn Lary, San Bernardino, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312573478
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
295,819
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.40(d)

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