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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 s
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Angela
Nov 13, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Loren
Jan 08, 2012 Loren rated it did not like it
Shelves: language-study
"Cacophony.... Defenestrate... Harangue... Pedantic. These are words I use regularly.... ha! Erudite? Histrionics? Galvanize?"

"Yeah, that's why people find you pedantic, you erudite!"

"Oh please! We all have our chosen vernacular!"

"Yeah, douche vernacular!"

Yes, I admit it. I actually picked up this book. Just as I picked up every Cliff Notes I could get my hands on so I could read Shakespeare in middle school without suffering an anuerism. Those were the days!

I believe there's no harm in our you
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Lillian Hong
Nov 27, 2011 Lillian Hong rated it did not like it
To be honest, I dislike Grammar Girl with a passion. She makes grammar mistakes of her own in the book, and in no way deserves to be called "Grammar Girl."
Ami Iida
May 28, 2015 Ami Iida rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: learning English
Shelves: language
learning 101 words from the etymology
I reference English conversation and Grammar by the e-book and the podcast.
Ryan
Feb 24, 2015 Ryan rated it it was ok
Got this with another of her books, and figured it'd be a quick little read. It was witty and fun, but I found the word selection a little pedestrian.
CKE387
Odd thing - for a book that is supposed to make you sound smart, it didn't include a pronunciation guide/key!
Jennifer Worrell
Feb 18, 2016 Jennifer Worrell rated it liked it
Okay, so some of these are not particularly odd words; some I hear pretty frequently. But it was fun to see which words I could use in my current project, then write a new sentence with each of them.
Candy
Aug 26, 2015 Candy rated it really liked it
Some of the words are rarely used, but the book provides clear explanations that are easily understood. However, I think I will forget, or already have forgotten, most of them without periodic reviews.
Brandielle
Jan 29, 2012 Brandielle marked it as couldn-t-get-through
There is a way to make a dictionary interesting but this isn't it. Also, no pronunciation guide so you can learn the words to feel smart but then sound like an idiot saying them.
Keanna Lewis
Dec 06, 2011 Keanna Lewis rated it liked it
I think that this book will be really good to read, because it seems like it gives a cool and easy, plus fun way to learn to expamd our vocabulary.
Madison
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!
Jaclyn
Dec 07, 2011 Jaclyn marked it as to-read
Soooooo up my alley. I need to get my fingers and eyes all over this!
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