Word Savvy

Word Savvy

Use the Right Word Every Time, All the Time

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Build Your Word Know-How--and Stand Out

The right words help you make a good impression--smart, professional, and trustworthy. Poor word choices can make coworkers, teachers, friends, or editors think you're unprofessional, uneducated, or lazy. It's critical that you learn the best methods for preventing wrong-word problems and catching errors in your writing.

Word Savvy teaches you simple, easy ways to confidently avoid mistakes and ensure your success.

Distinguish between confusing word pairs: What's the difference between accept and except or sight, cite, and site? Confidently use commonly misused words: What do nonplussed, quay, gourmand, and ambivalent really mean? Get rid of mistakes in your speech and writing: Did you know diligency isn't a word? Apply the rules (and exceptions) for tricky singulars and plurals: What's the plural of addendum? Learn how to keep up with buzzwords and how to tell when the buzz wears off: What are the best strategies for staying on top of popular jargon--and avoiding irritating your coworkers with words that are past their prime? Plus, identify the keywords that will make your résumé stand out: What industry-related words and powerful verbs will get your résumé past the automated scanning software?

No matter what kind of writing you do in your day-to-day life, Word Savvy gives you the strategies so that you can recognize, remember, and use the right word--every time.


Download 3 free bookmarks, each with 10 savvy words everyone should know, at writersdigest.com/word-savvy

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781599633039
Branch Call Number: 428 RAGNO
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 20 cm.


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Dec 25, 2013

More of a reference than a book to read cover to cover. However, the explanations for the misuse of words along with their correct use was clear and helpful.

For each word the incorrect or misuse is presented first, followed by the correct meaning and its use. In addition the author provides what she calls memory tricks to help in remembering the correct meaning and/or usage. She even includes a quiz for nearly every word for the reader to test his or her understanding.

The book is relatively new and it was helpful to hear the author discuss the impact that computer and internet use had on the use and misuse of words.

In chapter 5, the author presents a set of words and phrases that are either invalid, i.e. not real words (e.g. alright, alot, irregardless) or were once words in common usage but are now obsolete (e.g. anyways).
Though in the case of irregardless, I just saw a short video on the Merriam Webster website. This word IS in that dictionary and has been used for quite some time though today is considered obsolete. So it actually is, or was, a word contrary to author Ragno's opinion.

While most of the words discussed were reviews for me, I did run across a few where I had carried the incorrect meaning or usage for some time.

Well written and enjoyable.

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