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Grammar Girl's 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know

Mignon Fogarty

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 0312573456
ISBN13: 9780312573454

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128 Pages



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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 30 million times. Now she's turning her attention to improving our vocabulary—one word at a time.

Her handy reference guide, Grammar Girl's 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know, is a great starting point for ensuring students know the words that will help them impress their college professors, hold their own among peers, write killer papers, and simply sound articulate—a skill that will benefit students for years to come.

Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from luminaries such as J.D. Salinger and Susan B. Anthony, to characters such as Marge and Homer Simpson, this highly-useable guidebook offers students the confidence to succeed and sets them up for a lifetime of success.


Praise for Grammar Girl's 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know

"Good writing skills are a must in any professional career, and there's no secret to being a good writer: Learn the tools of English, and practice. And read, of course. A lot. Students can use a hand learning the basics—and the trickier points—of language, and that's where three new books come in. Mignon Fogarty, better known as 'Grammar Girl' . . . wrote her three latest books just for students, to help them learn new words, navigate tricky meanings, and put them all together into clear, coherent English. 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know and 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again are short, handy word guides. The first is simply a list of good words for students to know, such as 'canard,' 'ironic' and 'rancor.' Each is defined and then illustrated with an example taken from literature, TV shows, politics, movies and journalism. The examples are largely fresh and modern, and do a good job of showing the words in context . . . It's all done in a light, friendly style with copious examples of what to do, and focuses much more on doing than on not-doing. The main message [is]: You can write; here are the tools."—Lisa McLendon, The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Praise for Grammar Girl:

"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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About the author

Mignon Fogarty

MIGNON FOGARTY is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. She is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards, an inductee of the Podcasting Hall of Fame, a New York Times bestselling author, and the former chair of media entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show, and she currently lives in California with her husband, Patrick. Visit her website at to sign up for her free email newsletter and podcast.

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