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Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time (Quick & Dirty Tips) [Kindle Edition]

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" 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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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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 639 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 144 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Griffin; Auflage: 1st (3. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008DM2P64
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not just for the grammar-impaired! 15. Juli 2012
Von BLehner
We've established when to use their, there and they're. Other words are a bit more tricky. In yet another installation of the Grammar Girl series, Mignon Fogarty presents 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master In No Time. Based upon the fact that language isn't static but ever changing there are plenty of words and expressions where it's often hard to be sure of not only how to write them correctly, but even more so use them in the right context. Obviously I've been using "momentarily" wrong all these years, and I have this slight feeling I might not be the only one.
Admittedly, at first I thought this would be a book for kids who never really paid attention at school and really need to brush up their grammar. Three pages later that impression was replaced by the realization that this is the kind of guidebook for literally anyone. Having learned English as a second language, and despite considering myself to have a pretty good grasp on it, this has been a tremendously helpful and illuminating read for me. The explanations on when (not) to use certain terms or expressions is spruced up with information on their origins and examples from classic books straight to your favorite series on TV. As dull as such a book might appear at first glance I promise you will not just learn a thing or two, it's also quite an entertaining page turner!
In short: Smart and instructive style guide not just for the grammar-impaired!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Grammar Resource on Today's English Language 4. Juli 2012
Von Literary Marie - Veröffentlicht auf
As a copyeditor, I witness firsthand how the English language is always changing. Words and phrases take on new meanings over time. Definitions change; words are used interchangeably. The great rivalry between prescribers and describers continues.

I read all of Grammar Girl's tips and books. This new release is no exception and very much necessary in today's world. There are a total of 101 troublesome words that are tackled--most of which were not covered in previous Grammar Girl books. If you are unsure what words are acceptable to use in today's English language, this is a helpful guide. Grammar Girl did all of the research and makes great recommendations with example sentences. I did not agree with all of the choices, but can certainly appreciate a different point of view. 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master In No Time is complete with cute related drawings and quick and dirty tips to accompany the words and phrases.

Some of the troublesome words featured are:

African American (difference between African American and Black)
Couldn't Care Less (as opposed to "could care less")
E-mail versus Email
I'd've (contraction for "I would have")
Lay versus Lie
Momentarily (mistakenly used to mean "in a moment")
Noisome (nothing to do with noise but to describe smells)
Out Loud (as opposed to "aloud")
Peruse (incorrectly used to mean "browse")
Than I versus Than Me
Utilize (when in doubt, choose "use")
Whet (not "wet") your appetite

Be sure to add this great resource to your personal collection. It is offered at a great price of $5.99 for the paperback and eBook editions. Also visit [...] and subscribe to Grammar Girl's podcast. It is one of my faves and I'm sure other language lovers will enjoy it.

Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun reading and an invaluable resource for anyone who writes 3. Juli 2012
Von J. Chambers - Veröffentlicht auf
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As an avid reader, occasional writer, and part-time professional proofreader, I've found Grammar Girl's books and website ("Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing") to be a goldmine of useful reference material. She's always spot-on, not only in clearly explaining the rules of grammar, but in making grammar actually interesting. What I like most is that she understands that grammar is a tool and not the end goal, and that sometimes, the rules may be bent or broken.

Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time is the latest book in Grammar Girl's "101 words" series. The book begins with the statement "English is always changing, and that leaves us with troublesome words and phrases that are only sort of wrong." That's a primary theme of the book - the conflict between grammarians about flexibility and adapting to the times versus honoring hard-and-fast rules of the past. Most writers, caught in the middle, just want a simple answer for spelling and word usage. And that's what Grammar Girl delivers in her book.

The book presents 101 examples of common words and phrases that are often misspelled or misused. Grammar Girl gives the background of the word or phrase, her interpretation of the rules, and some actual examples, often from contemporary sources. One of my favorite - and most helpful - was the explanation of the "bi-" prefix. Does, for example, "biweekly" mean twice a week or every two weeks? Grammar Girl's solution may surprise you, but it makes perfect sense, and solves the conundrum completely.

The book has a number of examples of similar words whose meanings are often confused, such as preventive/preventative, alternate/alternative, and amused/bemused. There are some word pairs with very subtle differences in meaning and usage, such as use/utilize and jealous/envious. For these words, Grammar Girl mentions the etymology, where appropriate, and gives examples of correct usage, often referring to various dictionaries and style guides.

There are some phrases whose original meanings have been lost over time, and trying to reestablish correct usage may be a lost cause. Grammar Girl lists a few of these, such as "begs the question" and "could care less." She cites the origin of these phrases and gives the correct meaning, but she acknowledges that they're going to be misused by many people in speech and in writing.

Some entries get a bit whimsical. What is the acceptable plural of "fish" - is it "fish" or "fishes?" The answer: it's "fish," but the Mafia often sends stoolpigeons to sleep with the "fishes"! And is the proper spelling of a favorite pastry treat "donut" or "doughnut"? It used to be "doughnut," but in 1950, an event occurred that would change everything.

Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time certainly isn't your grade school English grammar book. If those books had been half as interesting as Grammar Girl's books, we would all be better off today.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect addition to any writer's shelf 3. Juli 2012
Von Andy Shuping - Veröffentlicht auf
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Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, is back again helping the writers around the world with the English language. In this short book she tackles 101 of the most troublesome words in the English language and when to use them correctly. For example are you feeling "alright" or "all right"? When is the right time to use the phrase "African American" and does it need to have a hyphen in it? These are some of the words that Mignon tackles with clear definitions, fun quotations, and examples of which word to use when. There are also amusing little illustrations throughout the book to raise the reader's interest--such as on the flaunt page an aardvark in a disco suit. While the work is subjective (these are Mignon's opinions) it's nice to have a handy guide from an expert to refer to. For those folks that struggle with grammar (like me) or writers just looking for some assistance with word choice, I recommend picking up this book and giving it a read. 5 out of 5 stars
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Everybody Loves A Troublemaker -- Review from smashedpickedfences 9. Juli 2012
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Everybody loves the troublemaker. From Fonzy on "Happy Days" to Bart on "The Simpsons," tricky characters have been glorified through generations. I thought I'd never be branded as rooting for the troublesome, that is, until I read Mignon Fogarty's newest grammar book: Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time.

I seem to lack the ability to grasp spelling and grammar. I had to change that when I decided to write professionally. When I set out to become more grammatically enlightened, I thought the biggest hurdle I'd have to tackle would be their, there, and they're. If I'd known how deep and dark the tunnel of grammar inaccuracies go and how many "grammarians" disagree, I may have never set out to better myself in this area.

I met Mignon at a writing workshop where she delivered the most shocking news I'd ever heard in my life: Alright is actually two words--all right. All this time, I'd been using it wrong. I was even sure that my trusty word spell checker would allow me to write it. I never remembered it being tagged as a problem before, but there it is, green squiggly line. She also suggests I not trust my spell checker.

After all my hardships through life trying to learn the English language (as a native speaker), I thought when I received a review copy of this book it might combust as soon as I made contact. The same way that matter and anti-matter would. It didn't happen, and now I can't unread all the alarming things I read in this book, namely that I pretty much fell for every one of the troublesome words' tricks.

I'm in love with romance books, particularly the paranormal genre. A reoccurring theme in those books is that a secret world is taking place inside the world as we know it. I figured this must be the case with the troublesome words and Mignon is a superhuman with powers to force these troublemakers into public knowledge. She transforms an English teacher's nerdy private pleasures into something interesting and fun.

I'll be honest; when she told me that "alright" was two words instead of one I didn't believe it. I went into denial, thinking she was just torturing me, or being a stickler. It had to be a commonly used word, right?

Finally, after months of suspense, I read the real reason behind why "alright" is troublesome. Apparently some words get misspelled over and over until they become common usage and accepted. Using the spelling "alright" has not reached that point as other words have like email (once spelled e-mail) or website (used to be Web site).

Overall, I really enjoyed the book, even as a grammariain't who may never achieve spelling greatness. One of my favorite parts was the history behind what made a word controversial; it helped me feel better about being unsure of some of these words in the past. I tip my hat to the true super grammarians, like Fogarty, who fight the good fight, and making sure everything in literature is all right.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Grammar Girl Wins Again! 9. Juli 2012
Von shelfishness - Veröffentlicht auf
This book may have one of the longest titles I've seen in a long time, but Grammar Girl has done it again with 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time! While I am an English teacher and this might just be my inner nerd speaking, I love how easy this book makes it to learn proper grammar - perfect for my classroom and my own personal knowledge.
With words that are commonly confused and easily misused, this guide by Mignon Fogarty is ideal for everyone who wants to effectively communicate their message and sound intelligent and appropriate. With entries for words ranging from 'alright/all right' to 'have got' and 'I'd've' to 'myriad', this covers all the basics and many more. Each entry provides the etymology (word origin) of the specific phrase and gives a brief history of how it has evolved over time and come into favor (or fallen from grace) and is broken down easily into the categories "What's the Trouble?" and "What Should You Do?". Furthermore, each word is used in a quote from a contemporary film, t.v. show, or article in order to show the best and most appropriate use. This book goes into great detail on appropriate usage of a wide variety of words including 'whom', 'smokey', and 'plethora' as well as a number of phrases that are tricky as well. Explaining the appropriate past tense of shine would be a challenging task for most writers, but Fogarty is so engaging that it becomes a truly enjoyable read - by the way, both shined and shone work equally well as past tense forms of shine.
While I highly recommend this book, it is truly only appropriate for speakers of American English as there are a number of colloquialisms, idioms, and spelling differences that would not make sense for natives of other English speaking nations such as Canada or England. Also, it is not something that can easily be retained in one sitting, but that is often the case with books that are filled with information. Overall, though, it is a great resource!
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