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 solving your worst problems—one troublesome word at a time.
Are you feeling "all right" or "alright"? Does "biweekly" mean twice a week or every two weeks? Do you run a gauntlet or a gantlet? Is a pair of twins four people or two?
The English language is always changing, and that means we are left with words and phrases that are only sort of wrong (or worse, have different definitions depending on where you look them up). How do you know which to use? Grammar Girl to the rescue! This handy reference guide contains the full 411 on 101 words that have given you trouble before—but will never again.
Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from pop culture icons such as Gregory House and J. K. Rowling, as well as from classical writers such as Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, this highly-useable guidebook takes the guesswork out of your writing, so you'll never be at a loss for words again.
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Great guide for work, school or general writing
Grammar Girl will help you improve your writing with this easy to understand guide.
I have enjoyed Grammar Girl's website and podcast for years and this guide is a perfect reference to use at home, school or at the office.
Words and phrases are alphabetized which make them easy to find in a hurry. I love the fact that famous quotes are used as examples. The hints on using plural forms and correct spellings were particularly helpful to me. I'm embarrassed to say that I have probably written donut and smokey before. Not anymore!
I had fun reading this with my teenage son. We were both surprised to find that our grammar skills are not as good as we thought.
An Excellent Resource for Anyone Who Writes
As with all of Grammar Girl’s books, Troublesome Words is in a format that’s easy to read and skim. Flipping through the pages, you can read in-depth, or skim to find those words and rules you need at the moment.
Each word listed in the book features consistent sections such as “What’s the Trouble?” or “What Should You Do?” in order to make finding specific information easy. The “What Should You Do?” section is particularly useful often citing several examples of the chosen word in context.
That said, this book is one I expect to find myself using time and again.