Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart

Quick & Dirty Tips Quick & Dirty Tips

Mignon Fogarty

St. Martin's Griffin

0312573464

9780312573461

Trade Paperback

128 Pages

$5.99

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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.

Are you often stumped for the perfect way to say or write something? Do you find yourself using the same words over and over? Grammar Girl to the rescue! This handy reference guide contains 101 words that will enhance your writing, adding nuance, subtlety, and insight. Using these words in speeches, you'll sound confident and articulate—a skill that will benefit you for years to come.

Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from historic luminaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and Charlotte Bronte as well as contemporary notables such as Dave Eggers and Rowan Atkinson, this highly-useable guidebook gives you the ability to speak and write eloquently at any occasion, setting you up for a lifetime of success.  

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Praise for Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart

"Delightfully droll . . . Grammar Girl gives clear explanations with helpful examples."—Los Angeles Times

"Fogarty has become the country’s go-to girl on grammar. Helpful. Smart. Funny. Fans find Grammar Girl to be all those things.”—The Seattle Times

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Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart
AbjureAbjure and jury both share the Latin root for "swear." Whereas a jury swears an oath, to abjure is to swear something off, to forswear it. Abjuring can be a formal act sealed by an oath, or an informal act similar to recanting a statement or shunning a person or activity."I abjure you," Alcide said. Colonel Flood winced, and young Sid, Amanda, and Culpepper looked both astonished and impressed, as if this were a ceremony they'd never thought to witness. "I see you no longer. I hunt with you no longer. I share flesh with you no longer." 
--Charlaine
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Mignon Fogarty

  • Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. Formerly a magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Her Grammar Girl web site (quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl) has been selected as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest magazine. She lives in Reno, Nevada.
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