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Abused, Confused, and Misused Words

A Writer's Guide to Usage, Spelling, Grammar, and Sentence Structure

Mary Embree


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Have you been putting bullion in your soup? Is incorrect spelling starting to have a negative affect on your term papers? Do you wonder what someone is inferring when they tell you to pick up a dictionary? These are just a few of the commonly misunderstood words discussed and explained in Abused, Confused, and Misused Words, an entertaining and informative look at the ever-changing nature of the English language. An alphabetical list of words that are frequently misspelled or misused is accompanied by a style guide to usage rules that tells you how and why they can be broken. Also included is a collection of 1,000 new and inventive words, and nearly 30,000 more words are discussed in a section dealing with word roots and how they are used in modern language. Anyone who is intrigued by language, who is fascinated by words, or who simply wants to use our language clearly and effectively will enjoy this delightful, eye-opening collection.   

Skyhorse, 9781620870471, 232pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

About the Author

Mary Embree is an author, literary consultant, editor, public speaker, and writers’ workshop leader. She is the founder of the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN) and the California Literary Arts Society (CLAS), which produced the annual Ventura Book Festival. She has worked with hundreds of authors, and is the author of Starting Your Career as a Freelance Editor (Allworth Press, March 2012) and Abused, Confused & Misused Words (Skyhorse Publishing, January 2013). She lives in Port Hueneme, California.