Book Review & Giveaway: 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know

Grammar Girl’s 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know 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. Now she’s turning her attention to improving our vocabulary—one word at a time.

Not sure whether your post-high school vocabulary is up to snuff? This handy reference guide is a great starting point for ensuring you know the words that will help you impress your college professors, hold your own among your peers, write killer papers, and simply sound articulate–a skill that will benefit you for years to come.

Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from luminaries such as J.D. Salinger and Susan B. Anthony, to characters such as Marge and Homer Simpson, this highly-useable guidebook gives you the confidence to succeed and sets you up for a lifetime of success.

I managed to graduate from high school and live another 20 years without knowing many of these words.  If asked to define canard, bellicose, fungible, kudzu, nadir, or schadenfreude I would have failed a test!

The author gives a great explanation and definition of each word and then follows up with a quote from a movie, TV show, famous person or famous quote that use the word in context.

It was a falsehood, a canard, a prevarication. Oh, why beat about the bush. It was a simple lie told by a little girl named Sandy. ~ From Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of Living Lies.

You’ll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Towers ~ Brad Pitt in Fight Club

If you are looking for a fun way to improve your vocabulary give Grammar Girl’s book a try.

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Source: From Publisher for Review

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