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100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles


100 Words series

About the Book

At one time or another we’ve all suffered the embarrassment of having our remarks corrected by a family member, friend, 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, which are words with subtle but important distinctions in meaning, like baleful and baneful, and effectual and efficacious. Other pairings bring together notorious sound-alikes, like faze (bother) and phase (stage), pour (put in fluid) and pore (read closely), and waive (forgo) and wave (say hello). 100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles also addresses some classic spelling blunders and “nonwords” that are often overlooked but should be treated with suspicion, such as beyond the pail, free reign, injust, and run the gambit.

Each word is followed by its definition and pronunciation, and most have etymologies explaining the word’s origin. The mix-ups themselves are described in engaging notes that provide clear solutions to help readers avoid making needless, uncomfortable gaffes in the future.

100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles gives readers the opportunity to improve their conversation and their command of words and phrases that are often heard but rarely well expressed.

Here is a complete list of the words in 100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles:

adherence

masterful

adhesion

masterly

adopted

militate

adoptive

mitigate

amend

no holds barred

baleful

old

baneful

older

beyond the pale

ordinance

cache

ordnance

cachet

passed

condemn

past

congenital

peace

contemn

peremptory

contemptible

phase

contemptuous

piece

delegate

plurality

deprecate

pore

depreciate

pour

distinct

practicable

distinctive

practical

emend

preemptive

energize

rationale

enervate

rationalization

exceptionable

relegate

exceptional

repress

expedient

restive

expeditious

restless

faze

shined

flounder

shone

founder

sleight of hand

free rein

slew1

gambit

slew2

gamut

slew3

gibe

slough1

gotten

slough2

gybe

slue

historic

suppress

historical

tenant

hoard

tenet

horde

throe

injustice

toe the line

jibe1

unexceptionable

jibe2

unexceptional

jibe3

unjust

jive

venal

lend

venial

load

waive

loan

wangle

lode

wave

majority

wrangle

 

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