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Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again

by Mignon Fogarty

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ANOTHER wonderful and handy tip book! I run into these mistakes (and likely commit them myself sometimes) quite often. For some of us, seeing these types of mistake in print (whether on a blog, in a book, or in correspondence) makes our eyes glaze over and takes away from the story or the message that is being imparted.

Look at the example below and you'll see why this book belongs on your shelf!


Especially vs. Specially

This was an especially fun tip to write, it was specially designed for your enjoyment. Does that help you see the difference between especially and specially?

Especially usually means "particularly."

Samantha didn't believe in monogamy, especially when it came to real estate agents.

-Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw
in the TV show Sex and the City

Specially usually means "in a special or careful manner" or "specifically."

PETER GRIFFIN: Uh, excuse me, I'm Mel
Gibson, here for the key to my specially
reserved room.
GUY: You're Mel Gibson?
PETER GRIFFIN: Yes, I've put on a few
pounds for my next role. I play Peter
Griffin, a heroic warrior who defied the
English to free England from the English.
GUY: Holy mackerel! Let me show you to
your room, Mr. Gibson!

-Seth McFarlane voicing Peter Griffin
in the TV show Family Guy ( )
  jewelknits | Oct 16, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312573375, Paperback)

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 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses. In Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again, you'll learn:
When you should use affect and when effect is rightWhether you should you say purposely or purposefullyThe difference between hilarious and hysterical
Packed with clear explanations, fun quotations showing the word used in context, and the quick and dirty memory tricks Mignon is known for, this friendly reference guide ends the confusion once and for all and helps you speak and write with confidence.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:43 -0400)

Explains the differences between such commonly confused English terms as "affect" and "effect," or "carat," "caret," "carrot," and "karet."

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