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Miss nomer's guide to painfully correct english
by Alan Axelrod
This A-to-Z handbook is a guide to the common errors in the English language and how to avoid committing them. Compiled by the fussy (and fictional) Miss Nomer, this guide offers clear, helpful explanations of such vexing dilemmas as: adverse or averse? insidious or invidious? discrete or disreet? affect or effect? less or fewer? amount or number? and hundreds more.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Berkley
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Dec 13, 2010 Maria (Ri) rated it 3 of 5 stars
I am generally a pretty big grammar nerd, so this was right up my alley. One of my pet peeves is when people misuse "nauseous" when they mean "nauseated." I like the book's analogy to poisonous/poisoned to help folks know which one to use, ie you feel nauseated from a nauseous substance. I also liked the rating system for the degree of error for each particular fault. However, I did find the book to be a bit trite and unclear in sections, explaining that there is a misuse, but not really the cor ...more