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Word Savvy: Use the Right Word Every Time, All The Time Paperback – Bargain Price, November 7, 2011
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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
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?
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
My favorite writing companion book so far