Word Savvy: Use the Right Word


Do questions like these interrupt your writing, bringing you to a temporary halt as you hastily check the Internet for answers?

  • Which word do I want, accept or except? … affect or effect? … bring or take? … complement or compliment? … emigrate or immigrate? … empathyor sympathy? … fewer or less? … imply or infer?
  • Is this the correct meaning of nonplussed? … of peruse? … of gourmand? … of infamous? … of enervate? … of ingenuous? … of infamous? … of ironic? … of penultimate?
  • What’s wrong with alot? … What about alright? … heartwrenching? … diligency? … orientated?
  • Is “could care less” the correct expression? … What about “escape goat”? … “for all intensive purposes”? … “hone in on”? … “statue of limitations”?
  • What is the singular of bacteria? What is the plural of hypothesis? . . . of diagnosis? … of phenomena? … of  Maddox?… of secretary general? . . . of editor-in-chief? … of teaspoonfuL?
  • Which is the correct spelling: absence or absense? . . . competant or competent? . . . comparetive? or comparative? … cemetery? … or cemetary? … permissible or permissable?

NOW have the answers to your questions at your fingertips, (No Internet required.)

Word Savvy Handbook is the easy, quick reference you need to clear those pesky, reoccurring roadblocks to efficient writing. At the flip of a page, you’ll find the answers to:

  • Words commonly confused
  • Words commonly misused
  • Non-words & other No-No’s
  • Tricky singulars & plurals
  • Common spelling demons

NOT ONLY THAT! … WORD SAVVY HANDBOOK helps you remember the correct answer with:

  • Dictionary definitions
  • Example sentences, including interesting quotes from such diversified celebrities as Mae West & Winston Churchill.
  • Memory tricks – mnemonic devices, rhymes, alliterative sentences, related words, & suggested visualizations
  • Self-Quizzes to help you see if you understand the material and will apply it when you write.
  • Entries are in alphabetical order, cross-referenced and indexed, making it easy to find what you  are looking for.

Make your writing easier, faster, more productive.
Keep your WORD SAVVY HANDBOOK handy whenever you write.

You’ll wonder how you ever wrote without it.

Meet Nancy Ragno

Nancy Ragno is an educational writer and co-author of a language arts textbook series for grades K-8: WORLD OF LANGUAGE. In addition to language arts textbooks, she is the author of children’s books and adult nonfiction on grammar and Presidential history. Originally from Philadelphia, she now lives in Tennessee at the foot of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains and is a volunteer at the Knoxville Zoo.