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100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles

Author: American Heritage Dictionary

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company


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100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles : <div> <div> <div>"You mean <i>delegate</i>, not <i>relegate</i>, right?"<br /> "I think the word is <i>cachet</i>, not <i>cache</i>."</div> <div>At one time or another we've all suffered the embarrassment of having our remarks corrected by a family member, colleague, or stranger. <i>100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles</i> presents fifty pairs of words that people have trouble getting right and keeping straight-words that tend to get corrected when we're least expecting it.</div> <div>These words include near-synonyms-words with subtle but important distinctions in meaning-like <i>baleful</i> vs. <i>baneful</i>, and <i>effectual</i> vs. <i>efficacious</i>. Other pairings bring together notorious sound-alikes, like <i>faze</i> (bother) vs. <i>phase</i> (stage), <i>pour</i> (put in fluid) vs. <i>pore</i> (read closely), and <i>waive</i> (forgo) vs. <i>wave</i> (say hello). The book also addresses some classic spelling blunders and "nonwords," like <i>beyond the pail</i>, <i>full reign</i>, <i>injust</i>, and <i>inobstrusive</i>.</div> <div>Each word has a definition and a pronunciation, and most have etymologies explaining the word's origin. The mix-ups themselves are described in fun-to-read notes that provide clear solutions to help readers avoid making needless, uncomfortable gaffes.</div> <div><i>100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles</i> gives readers the chance to improve their command of words that are often heard but not so well expressed.<br /></div> </div> </div>

Category   Subject
Language Arts & Disciplines   Etymology
Language Arts & Disciplines   Speech

ISBN 13:9780547395838
ISBN 10:0547395833
Size:8.04" l x 4.51" w x 0.47" h
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