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Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart

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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
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jan 08, 2012 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
Nov 08, 2011 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
Ami Iida
Mar 12, 2015 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.
Lillian Hong
Nov 27, 2011 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."
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grammar
I'll read anything that Grammar Girl writes. Yes, I'm a GG fanboy. She makes language interesting.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great Kindle book for reading on your phone while waiting in line or, you know, conducting other business. Do a word a day and you'll be that much better off. Her examples are interesting and her characters, Squiggly and Aardvark, crack me up.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jennifer Worrell
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: craft
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.
Jul 09, 2014 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.
Keanna Lewis
Dec 06, 2011 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.
Dec 04, 2011 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.
Dec 07, 2011 marked it as to-read
Soooooo up my alley. I need to get my fingers and eyes all over this!
Odd thing - for a book that is supposed to make you sound smart, it didn't include a pronunciation guide/key!
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I only wish there was more than 101 words! these books are so helpful, creative, and quirky!
Feb 24, 2015 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.
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