Word Savvy: Use the Right Word Every Time, All The Time

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Build Your Word Know-How—and Stand Out

The right words help you make a good impression—smart, professional, and trustworthy. Poor word choices can make coworkers, teachers, friends, or editors think you’re unprofessional, uneducated, or lazy. It’s critical that you learn the best methods for preventing wrong-word problems and catching errors in your writing.

Word Savvy teaches you simple, easy ways to ...

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Overview


Build Your Word Know-How—and Stand Out

The right words help you make a good impression—smart, professional, and trustworthy. Poor word choices can make coworkers, teachers, friends, or editors think you’re unprofessional, uneducated, or lazy. It’s critical that you learn the best methods for preventing wrong-word problems and catching errors in your writing.

Word Savvy teaches you simple, easy ways to confidently avoid mistakes and ensure your success.

  • Distinguish between confusing word pairs: What’s the difference between accept and except or sight, cite, and site?
  • Confidently use commonly misused words: What do nonplussed, quay, gourmand, and ambivalent really mean?
  • Get rid of mistakes in your speech and writing: Did you know diligency isn’t a word?
  • Apply the rules (and exceptions) for tricky singulars and plurals: What’s the plural of addendum?
  • Learn how to keep up with buzzwords and how to tell when the buzz wears off: What are the best strategies for staying on top of popular jargon—and avoiding irritating your coworkers with words that are past their prime?
  • Plus, identify the keywords that will make your résumé stand out: What industry-related words and powerful verbs will get your résumé past the automated scanning software?

No matter what kind of writing you do in your day-to-day life, Word Savvy gives you the strategies so that you can recognize, remember, and use the right word—every time.

BONUS ONLINE CONTENT

Download 3 free bookmarks, each with 10 savvy words everyone should know, at writersdigest.com/word-savvy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599633039
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 681,206
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy Ragno is one of three authors of the highly successful World of Language, a K-8 language arts series, published by Pearson Scott Foresman. First published in 1988 as Silver Burdett English, the series has gone through two major revisions and is still in print today. For the past twenty years Ragno has worked as a freelance writer of educational materials for developmental houses and publishers, including Houghton Mifflin, Silver Burdett, J.B. Lippincott, and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and Prentice Hall. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    One to check out!

    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.

    Thank you for having this in a giveaway program ;) and getting it to me so quickly as well. Very enjoyable read :) Thank you Nancy :)

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  • 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 Favorite

    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.

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