Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master In No Time by Mignon Fogarty

St. Martin's Press
Released: July 3, 2012
146 pages
Buy here.

I have been a huge fan of Grammar Girl for many years now for three big reasons: one, I myself love grammar and usage discussion; two, Fogarty really does her homework on all her topics; and three, she explains things super clearly and provides great memory tips to help people really learn the points she discusses.

All three of these things continue to be true, and in Fogarty's latest book, she tackles some of the nit-pickier aspects of English usage.  Some of the problems she discusses deal with punctuation issues (e-mail or email?), while others are about spelling, correct plural forms, or slowly shifting meanings.  As always, she uses reputable sources to help her tackle these issues, such as former and current style guides, the Oxford English Dictionary, and real-life examples of each of the 101 words used in context by actual speakers and writers.  A few of the especially troublesome entries include suggestions on how to remember Fogarty's usage advice, some featuring our old pals Squiggly and Aardvark.

A great resource for teachers, students, and writers (as is the Grammar Girl podcast at, this is certainly one to add to your library!

Rating: 5/5

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