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That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras
# UQ6462 Hardcover, 197 pages; 2018
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As Steve Martin once said, "Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way." This book is for all of us, who at least occasionally, uh, "not have way" with words.

If you've ever written "affect" when you meant "effect," complained of feeling "nauseous" when you meant "nauseated," or accused someone of being "tackless" instead of "tactless," this book is for you. That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means examines "the 150 most commonly misused words and their tangled histories," an instructive, and, yes, humorous collection of mini language lessons sure to be devoured by avid readers, writers, grammar gurus…and anyone else fascinated by the eccentricities and nuances of the English language! (AG)
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