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

Mignon Fogarty
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Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times. Now she's turning her attention to improving our vocabulary--one smart word at a time--with Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart.

Are you often stumped for the perfect way to say or write something? Do you find yourself using the same words over and over? Grammar Girl to the rescue! This handy reference guide contains 101 words that will enhance your writing, adding nuance, subtlety, and insight. Using these words in speeches, you'll sound confident and articulate--a skill that will benefit you for years to come.
Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from historic luminaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and Charlotte Bronte as well as contemporary notables such as Dave Eggers and Rowan Atkinson, this highly useable guidebook gives you the ability to speak and write eloquently at any occasion, setting you up for a lifetime of success.

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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""" Praise for Grammar Girl: "Delightfully droll . . . Grammar Girl gives clear explanations with helpful examples."--"Los Angeles"" Times""Fogarty has become the country's go-to girl on grammar. Helpful. Smart. Funny. Fans find Grammar Girl to be all those things."--"The Seattle Times"

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312573464
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the late starter 21 Dec. 2013
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Easy access for the not quite but budding academic . Helpful if you did not pay enough attention in class. If you now want to know and want to catch up
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but with one Travesty 11 Dec. 2011
By Bob Yasatovich - Published on
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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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Linguistic Resource 14 Nov. 2011
By Library Girl Reads - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prosaic Lexicon? Give Grammar Girl's Latest Book a Read! 11 Nov. 2011
By Denise - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 28 Dec. 2012
By Monica - Published on
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars good for middle/high school students, but not enough for adults and non-native speakers 17 April 2013
By Yukio - Published on
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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