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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599633035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599633039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Word Savvy is a Great Learning Tool,December 21, 2011  
By Author Lori A. Moore (Louisville, KY)
I love words. Sometimes I open up the dictionary at random to learn a new word, and I keep a notepad  of words I've learned and try to find reasons to use them. Yes, I'm a geek. So it's no small wonder that I really enjoyed Nancy Ragno's book, Word Savvy.

Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite
I like how Ragno arranged the book not only to point out the most commonly confused word pairs and misused words, but also to provide definitions, examples and memory tricks to help the reader keep the words straight in his/her mind, and quizzes.

Word Savvy honestly feels like it wants to help. Other books and dictionaries are cold and strictly informational. This book is warm and amusing. Nancy Ragno's writing style is perfect for teaching. t. I strongly recommend Word Savvy to anyone who owns a computer or wants to strengthen their ability to communicate. -- Sacramento Book Review

I am calling this a book review, but really, Word Savvy is more of a guidebook that you should keep with you if you consider yourself in any way, shape or form a writer  .. Having Word Savvy nearby will definitely help me make sure that I am choosing the righ word. From Concert Katie  blog.concertkatie.com

I won this book through the Goodreads  program. It might sound kind of nerdy, but I really liked it! It was well written and informative, and even though English is my best subject, I learned a lot. I use it mostly for reference, but it's good to read straight through, too -- not boring like other English guides or textbooks -- Goodreads

From the Author

What do your words say about you? Smart? Educated? Professional? Trustworthy? Impressive?  Or . . . Uneducated? Careless? Clueless? Unprofessional? Unimpressive?  Like it or not, your words paint a picture of you. The good news is, you can control that picture by using the right words, by being WORD SAVVY.

Is WORD SAVVY for you?
  • Do you want to be "in the know" about word usage?
  •  Do you want to avoid making wrong-word errors,  errors that are easy to make but can just as easily sink your credibility or reputation for competence?
  •  Do you want to be admired?  Do you want to be viewed as smart, competent, and savvy? Do you want to be known for your vocabulary and your precise use of language?
  • Do you want to enhance your chance for success and for increased income? Do you aspire to achieve greater things?
  • Do you use writing in the workplace? Is the ability to use correct English a definite plus for success in your job or profession?
  •  Are you a writer?  ...  a teacher? ...  a student? ...  a job-seeker? ...  a "newbie" in your job or profession? Are you a non-native speaker of English who seeks to become proficient in English usage?
  • Do your love words? Do you believe in the power of words  and want to know how to use that power?
Then WORD SAVVY's for you.
  • WORD SAVVY is a quick reference guide, an indispensable writer's companion.  You'll want to keep a copy handy, next to your computer, ready to consult whenever you compose an email, business letter, term paper, blockbuster novel, sonnet ... whatever it is you wish to communicate with the written word.
  • But WORD SAVVY is not just a handy reference guide. It is a self-teacher. Lots of mnemonic devices, rhymes, fascinating quotations, intriguing and informative examples, and self-quizzes help ensure that once you learn "which word is which,"  you won't forget it. 
  • Commonly confused words
  • Commonly misused words
  •  No-no's (words & phrases that are grammatically incorrect or illogical)
  • Tricky plurals and possessives
  • Use of keywords  in resumes
  • Buzzwords
  • Tips from professional proofreaders on how to catch wrong-word errors

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
For every writer, a key foundational skill is word choice. It's critical to use the right word at the right time. Nancy Ragno has written a terrific tool in this book, WORD SAVVY, USE THE RIGHT WORD EVERY TIME, ALL THE TIME to help every writer in this area.

In the opening pages, Ragno clearly identifies her audience and what you will learn in these pages: "Being word savvy mans that you keep abreast of the times. You stay on top of important new words entering the language and are alert for words you need to know. You are aware of the keywords computers are likely to scan for your resume. You know the important terms and buzzwords in your field.
Through word savvy you stay in the loop, maintain your competitive edge, and keep on top. How can you achieve word savvy? This book tells you what you need to know. You'll learn how to:

* Master seventy-six commonly confused word pairs.
* Conquer fifty-two commonly misused words.
* Use tricky singulars and plurals with assurance.
* Include the right keywords in your resume.
* Keep abreast of new buzzwords in your field." (Page 1-2)

As someone who has studied the language for many years, I loved reading this book and found many great reminders plus I learned a great deal from it. Becoming WORD SAVVY is a key step for every success-oriented reader. I recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Technology Runs Amok Novelist on July 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I remember CBS newscaster and writer, Ed Newman, fondly from decades ago whose Strictly Speaking inspired me as a young reporter. So when I came across Word Savvy I bought it immediately. After a chapter plus some checking through other chapters randomly, i was saddened by an unfortunate lack of what appeared to be a proofing issue of words that may have split lines in the original manuscript and appeared differently in the published work. There are so many of them they pulled my focus from an otherwise excellent presentation of the content.

Please! please may I respectfully request an update to address this issue? I'd love to re-purchase, read and benefit from the powerful thought that went into this highly relevant narrative. It's the category of book that would enjoy a permanent place in my library, in this case, right next to Newman's masterwork, circa 1970s, but, sadly, out of print.

Ironic Word Savvy is fraught with typos given the topic, but embassingly so including my own excessive typos I discovered upon second read of my own published review!


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By J. Marple on July 25, 2013
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This book is excellent for straightening out those words that can get confusing because they sound alike but don't have the same meaning. It has some good tips for remembering a few words that trip me up from time to time, such as lay and lie. For any one that has a few words that stump them, this book will help.
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Indispensable book! Love it! Bought one for two of my daughters so far, planning on buying for others i love.
My favorite writing companion book so far
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