The Word Book from Writers.com
A Guide to Misunderstood, Misused & Confusing Words with Bonus Quirky Tangents & Illuminating Quotations
"Writer-editor Paula Guran makes reading about the mechanics of the English language a lot of fun. She deals with dozens of mistakes a lot of otherwise literate writers tend to make. I can't think of a handier, more accessible guide than this to everyday questions about proper usage. Paula does this in a readable, informative style that makes this a definite keeper. An excellent addition to every literate person's library." -- Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene magazine
"Guran, a freelance writer and editor, provides some basic guidance on language usage, making clear from the outset her position as a word 'user' rather than an expert. This explains the book's accessibility-readers will learn a good deal about terms that often get mistaken for other terms or are simply used incorrectly... the explanations are consistently succinct and are supplemented by useful quotations that illustrate correct usage and provide entertainment and light relief...this how-to is solidly written and enhanced by a detailed index." -- Library Journal
The Word Book from Writers.com sorts out and clears up some of the confusions and misuses we all face with the English language. This small, (relatively) cheap book packs a passel of help (and some giggles) into its pages. Written by a "non-expert" The Word Book from Writers.com offers a fresh perspective, practical savvy, and occasional sass as it sorts out some misunderstandings and common confusions of the English language. The Word Book answers simple questions (is it discreet? or discrete? sensual or sensuous?) succinctly, often with examples drawn from amusing, profound, or just plain strange quotations the famous, not-so-famous, and infamous past and present. Other answers go a step further -- and occasionally right over the edge -- with entertaining forays into the quirks and fascinations of English.
• Find out the truth about duct tape
• Ponder the problems of pablum
• Get to the ground floor of Ground Zero
• Discover more than you thought possible about amuck
• When was the phrase wreak havoc was first used?
• Learn why Star Trek weapons were dubbed phasers
• Are you titillated or titivated?
• And, of course, more!
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