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Grammar Girl's 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know

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

Not sure whether your post-high school
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Noor Barotchi
Oct 17, 2015 Noor Barotchi rated it really liked it
Having listened to a few of Grammar Girl's podcasts, I bought this book (and others in the series) to feed my zeal for the English language.

Each word is accompanied by an etymology, which made it a highly interesting read and gave useful tips for remembering certain words. While I finished high school a few years ago, I'm a little embarrassed to admit that there were quite a few words that I didn't know, and of those that I did, most I learned after I finished high school.

I do question whether s
Sep 07, 2011 Annette rated it it was amazing
When I first flipped through this book, a few entries caught my eye. (Glacier? Really?) I wondered why Fogarty had included them in a list of words of importance for high school grads. Then I read it. Now I get it. (Yes, glacier. Really.)

The words in this book aren't necessarily ones that high school grads will know if they did their homework. I've seen similar lists for high school grads, and they usually do include boring stuff like hypothesis that grads should know when they get a diploma.

Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Oct 16, 2011 Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries) rated it it was amazing
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In the intro, the author states:

Use them in your college entrance essays or during job interviews to show that you're well-read and well-spoken. Even if you're past those stages in life, you'll regularly see most of these words in the news.

Middle Bebe Girl Jasmine is a reader - BUT quite often, she interrupts her reading while I'm here to ask, "Mom, what does ____ mean?", and then I'm left to explain it to her, after a
Inspired Kathy
Sep 07, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2013 Martin rated it really liked it
It's a book. With words. And it explains them. That's already better than most of the tripe that's out there. And besides, it's Grammar Girl, so what's not to love? Now get out of my way so I can go read every one of the rest of her books.
Jan 29, 2013 Sherri rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quick read that features words to know. I love Fogarty's style of writing and use of fun examples. My two little nitpicky points are (1) a few words needed the addition of how to pronounce them and (2) a few of the aardvark drawings did not seem to fit the word.
Dec 17, 2014 Spectacles rated it liked it
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I reviewed some of Mignon Fogarty’s books here. I liked the books I reviewed before much better than this one. The others were much funnier than this one.

review cross-posted on my blog: Spectacle Aglow
While I'll agree that most of these words are ones that people should know, I didn't really learn much. However, it may just be that I'm past the vocabulary level this book is aimed at.
Aug 27, 2015 Candy rated it really liked it
This is a very helpful book. I revised words I know and learnt new ones. The words are essential for high school students, while not being too difficult or easy.
Mar 17, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
An excellent mini (mini) dictionary with definitions to words we hear alot in the media. Quite enlightening! And fun to read (for a mini dictionary). ;)
Dec 31, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing
This work is both Eclectic (#19) and Penultimate (#71). Be the envy of your less verbose friends, as they run for the dictionary in chagrin.
J.C. Wing
Sep 25, 2013 J.C. Wing rated it it was amazing
I'm a homeschooling mom and this has been a great addition in my daughter's Language Arts curriculum.
Dec 02, 2011 Madison rated it really liked it
I only wish there was more than 101 words! these books are so helpful, creative, and quirky!
Jun 14, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
A concise list of words with contextual definitions.
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