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 right word. "Book Review: Word Savvy by Nancy Ragno." blog.ConcertKatie.com
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.
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?
Then WORD SAVVY's 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?
- 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
- Tips from professional proofreaders on how to catch wrong-word errors