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For anyone who writes, whether blogs or greeting cards, and anyone who speaks in public ... this book should be in your reference library! (City Book Review)

The book's tips will help increase SAT scores and will come in handy when writing papers or college entrance essays. You will find Fogarty's style to be warm, humorous, and accessible. Become a confident writer and speaker. You won't just sound smarter, you'll be smarter! (Portland Book Review)

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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Product Details

  • Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312573375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312573379
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. A technical writer and entrepreneur, she has served as an editor and producer at a number of health and science Web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Denise on July 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Grammar Girl has a knack for putting the most useful information from dictionaries and style guides together into one fun-to-read place. I teach English and would love to require (or give) this book to each student (not to mention most of my friends and family members).

Even if you think you have a firm grasp on easily confused words (capital/capitol, hone/home, trooper/trouper), you might find that you're wrong. Grammar Girl gives enough background on the words to help you understand why the words are often confused and then even offers tips for how to prevent mixing them up again. (Take "trouper," for example. So many people spell it "trooper" when they mean "trouper," and Grammar Girl explains that the expression "What a trouper" comes from when an actor [a member of a troupe] nails a particularly tough role. That is why it should be "trouper," not "trooper" in that context. Neat, huh?)

Keep in mind that you can't count on spell and grammar check to catch these errors in usage, especially if the words mixed up are the same part of speech, so this small, handy book belongs in every writer's desk and every student's backpack. Parents, use this (and Grammar Girl's other Quick and Dirty Tips books, such as Grammar Girl's 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know) to quiz your kids at the dinner table. These books are small, inexpensive, fun, useful, and portable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrea's ipad on July 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book helps readers solve the most common problems people make with word usage when both writing and communicating. In the introduction to her book, Fogarty addresses the reader by mentioning how English can be tricky to even the most advanced in the language.

After drawing the reader in with her introduction, Grammar Girl then dives right into her list of confusing words. On each page, Fogarty states two words that are regularly confused with each other. The use of quotes from modern television and movies make the terms more relatable to everyone. Shortly after distinguishing between each of the two words, a quick and dirty tip is located in a box at the bottom of the page that explains how Grammar Girl remembers when to use each of the two words discussed.

After the book has been read, it is sure to be used as a reference guide to keep in your library for quick reminders the next time someone is stuck on a word. Mignon Fogarty must have had this thought in her mind when writing this book because each of the words placed in alphabetical order through the book. This will make referencing trouble words easy in the future and this book a must have for anyone, beginner or advanced in the language, who never wants to confuse words again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave Edmiston TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Grammar Girl does it again. I've always loved her clarity and the real world examples that she provides in her blog and her publications.

101 Misused Words is exactly what it sounds like except I think the "101" part might be more of an estimate. I think she covers more than that.

This book is an A-Z list commonly misunderstood and abused words.

If you're a nerd like me, you'll probably be happy to read this book from cover to cover.

Otherwise, browse through the contents to see what's included and then keep this book as a desktop reference.

One note on the Kindle version (which is how I purchased this title): The Kindle is really good for novels and publications that just contain long flows of text. I expected trouble with a book like this, because the paper version of the book includes lots of formatting and visual queues to help make her point. I was pleasantly surprised by the creative formatting in this Kindle version. I didn't see any of the usual Kindle formatting problems. Well done Grammar Girl!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Love this book! It was fun to learn about the background/origin of certain words. The examples are easy to relate to. And, the tips for remembering which word to use when are very effective. It shows that you care when you take the time to check your work and look things up. Grammar Girl makes that much easier now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin E. Berry on July 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
We've all done it, we are writing a perfectly good sentence and then... I or me? Which one should I/me use? Well, now Grammar Girl has written a handy book of tips to help keep us straight on proper usage. Along with the common ones stated above, there are also misused words that people may not even know they have wrong, such as hilarious vs. hysterical (use hilarious) and lend (verb) vs. loan (noun). And I do not think I will ever use irregardless ever again, regardless of the circumstances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Smith on October 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
ANOTHER wonderful and handy tip book! I run into these mistakes (and likely commit them myself sometimes) quite often. For some of us, seeing these types of mistake in print (whether on a blog, in a book, or in correspondence) makes our eyes glaze over and takes away from the story or the message that is being imparted.

Look at the example below and you'll see why this book belongs on your shelf!

EXAMPLE:

Especially vs. Specially

This was an especially fun tip to write, it was specially designed for your enjoyment. Does that help you see the difference between especially and specially?

Especially usually means "particularly."

Samantha didn't believe in monogamy, especially when it came to real estate agents.

-Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw
in the TV show Sex and the City

Specially usually means "in a special or careful manner" or "specifically."

PETER GRIFFIN: Uh, excuse me, I'm Mel
Gibson, here for the key to my specially
reserved room.
GUY: You're Mel Gibson?
PETER GRIFFIN: Yes, I've put on a few
pounds for my next role. I play Peter
Griffin, a heroic warrior who defied the
English to free England from the English.
GUY: Holy mackerel! Let me show you to
your room, Mr. Gibson!

-Seth McFarlane voicing Peter Griffin
in the TV show Family Guy
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