Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart

Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart

by Mignon Fogarty


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ISBN-13: 9780312573461
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 704,144
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.13(h) x 0.36(d)

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 GRAMMAR 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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Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart


Abjure and jury both share the Latin root for "swear." Whereas a jury swears an oath, to abjure is to swear something off, to forswear it. Abjuring can be a formal act sealed by an oath, or an informal act similar to recanting a statement or shunning a person or activity.

"I abjure you," Alcide said. Colonel Flood winced, and young Sid, Amanda, and Culpepper looked both astonished and impressed, as if this were a ceremony they'd never thought to witness. "I see you no longer. I hunt with you no longer. I share flesh with you no longer."


—Charlaine Harris in the Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead to the World


I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.


—Leonardo da Vinci

GRAMMAR GIRL'S 101 WORDS TO SOUND SMART. Copyright © 2011 by Mignon Fogarty. All rights reserved. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

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Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheStudent More than 1 year ago
Everyone should buy and read this book by Mignon Fogarty which introduces us to 101 smart sounding words in a unique and entertaining manner.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart is filled with interesting words. Each one is clearly defined but not with the clinical precision of a dictionary. Instead, Mignon Fogarty provides interesting background on the origins of most of the words and gives concrete examples of how the usage may have changed over time. Each word is also accompanied by a quotation or two showing it being used correctly. These quotations were very fun to read and their sources ranged from journalists to politicians to popular authors and television shows.Some of the words contained in this book were familiar to me but Fogarty pointed out subtle nuances of usage that I was unfamiliar with. Other words were completely new. While I do not see myself regularly interjecting these words into my reviews or other writings, I will be keeping this book on hand as a reference guide for those occasions when an extra special word is needed.The one thing that I found to be missing from this book is a pronunciation guide for each word. While Fogarty is discussing the usage of these words in writing, I still like to know how the word should sound in my head as I am reading it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in class and it said SEX Everybody laughed