Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Grammar Girl's 101 Troubl... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This is a typical used book. When a visitor picks it up and looks it over it will look as if you've read it even if you have not gotten to it yet. We Pack Carefully and Ship Daily! Purchase of this former Library book directly supports local librararies. Great way to show your visitors that not only are you well read but you actually have a library card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time (Quick & Dirty Tips) Paperback – July 3, 2012

39 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$5.99
$2.29 $0.01
$5.99 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 15 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time (Quick & Dirty Tips) + Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again (Quick & Dirty Tips) + Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)
Price for all three: $22.44

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312573472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312573478
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Literary Marie on July 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
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
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
ARC provided by NetGalley

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
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shelfishness on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time (Quick & Dirty Tips)
This item: Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time (Quick & Dirty Tips)
Price: $5.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: the american heritage guide to contemporary usage and style