100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles
By American Heritage Dictionary (Manufactured by)
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Paperback, 9780547395838, 118pp.)
Publication Date: September 2010
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I think the word is "cachet," not "cache." At one time or another we ve all suffered the embarrassment of having our remarks corrected by a family member, colleague, or stranger. "100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles" presents fifty pairs of words that people have trouble getting right and keeping straight words that tend to get corrected when we re least expecting it. These words include near-synonyms words with subtle but important distinctions in meaning like "baleful" vs. "baneful," and "effectual "vs." efficacious." Other pairings bring together notorious sound-alikes, like "faze" (bother) vs. "phase" (stage), "pour" (put in fluid) vs. "pore" (read closely), and "waive "(forgo) vs. "wave" (say hello). The book also addresses some classic spelling blunders and nonwords, like "beyond the pail," "full reign," "injust," and" inobstrusive." Each word has a definition and a pronunciation, and most have etymologies explaining the word's origin. The mix-ups themselves are described in fun-to-read notes that provide clear solutions to help readers avoid making needless, uncomfortable gaffes. "" "100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles" gives readers the chance to improve their command of words that are often heard but not so well expressed.