Book Review & Giveaway: 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Fogarty

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 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses. You’ll learn:
When you should use affect and when effect is right
Whether you should you say purposely or purposefully
What the difference is between hilarious and hysterical

Packed with clear explanations, fun quotations showing the word used in context, and the quick and dirty memory tricks Mignon is known for, this friendly reference guide ends the confusion once and for all and helps you speak and write with confidence.

This book made me realize there is a lot I think I know but actually do not know. I regularly misuse many of the words featured in this book. Reign verses rein, explicit verses implicit, farther verses further, infer verses imply, fewer verses less – Each set of words in this book is explained and has an example on how to properly use the word.  Many have a quote from a popular TV show, movie, book or famous person such as Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind saying:

No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly

This would make a great reference book for a writer, student or teacher.

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Source: From publisher for Review

My teenage son has my review copy on his bookshelf but thanks to MacMillian I have an extra copy for giveaway.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Word You’ll Never Confuse Again
Open to US only.
Ends 10/3/11
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