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Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart (Quick & Dirty Tips) Kindle Edition

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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

“A very cute little book and a perfect stocking stuffer!...Recommended for the aspiring writer in your life!” ―Booking Mama

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GXPCLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Format: Paperback
Mignon Fogarty, the self proclaimed "Grammar Girl" has produced yet another interesting piece of English grammar guidance. However, she made one lackadaisical languid mistake. There is not one pronunciation guide in the entire book. While some of the words are easy to spot, waft, wane, gall to name a few. Others make me feel like the book should be called "101 words to make you sound smart, except a few that will make you sound stupid" The book implies that you will be speaking these words i.e. "sound smart" Sui Generis, Ersatz, Coterie I realize that this is not a dictionary and she does a great job avoiding that by providing background information, but it would have been nice to see a guide so i could actually sound smart.
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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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Like Grammar Girl's previous 101 word books, this book is filled with useful, remarkable, and interesting words plus its fair share of "holy cow I never knew that!" words. There's a variety of meanings and parts of speech, and none of them are pointless, so-specific-I'll-never-need-to-know-them kinds of words. I trust her to know which ones to include in her selections. She is Grammar Girl, after all!

This time, however, the words are elective, which beg to be taken in for entertainment. GG's previous 101 books, "Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know" and "Words You'll Never Confuse Again" were so fun to read that I consumed them both in one sitting, but I treated them partially as an assignment. (As an English teacher with a master's degree, I darn well better know the 101 words every HS grad should know!)

However, this collection exists for the sheer fun of learning a whole bunch of delightful fifty-centers. Yes, smart people should know the words or at least most of them; but absolutely everyone who enjoys language will adore this book, not just for the interesting, carefully selected compilation but also for GG's always useful and oftentimes hilarious examples from all over-- newspapers, online sources, comedians like Bill Mahar, and pop culture notables like that guy from Fall Out Boy. Plus, she includes fascinating etymologies (origin stories) for each word--not in the dry way that dictionaries do, but in a super fun, useful way that really makes the reader understand where the word came from and why it means what it means. I believe knowing the etymology will make the word all the more fun to use!

Yep, GG's done it again! She's created an indispensable collection and I thank her for it.
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Sorry but their vocab choices are not for the average Joe. I work in a professional environment and was looking to augment my vocabulary with this book. Some of their word choices are not what you typically hear in everyday speech - regardless of profession you're in. Not for practical use.
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By Monica on December 28, 2012
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We are using this to help expand our 10 year old daughter vocabulary, as well as ours! We are doing one word every day or so. The words are ones that actually would be used in everyday conversation.
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Mediocre is how I would describe this book.

The plus side-- it does contain a good numbers of "smart" words to add to my vocabulary. She did pretty good putting short stories or fun little facts about the words to help you remember the words.

However, it's not enough to compensate the down side for me-- I wish she indicated the pronunciations for the words. I also feel that she didn't put enough effective examples to show how to use the words correctly. While I understand this is a meant to be "quick, fun, and to-the-point", it's not to meant to be comprehensive and in-depth, but if I had to google the pronunciations, and look up for examples for the proper usage, then, I might as well just get a free word list somewhere online and just look up each word.

So, in short, I wanted to like it, it's not bad, but it could be better. Overall, I feel this is probably an ideal book to give to Middle and High School kids for boosting their vocabularies. But, if you are already in college or already a professional, this might not be the most useful tool.
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