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September 14 , 2009

Word Watch

A Writer's Guide to the Slippery, Sneaky and Otherwise Tricky


Just what every writer needs – a guide to word usage with attitude. (Some will say humor, too, but nearly everyone agrees on "attitude.")

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WORD WATCH is a compilation of columns written over several years for newsletters for writers' groups.

It stemmed from a conversation with a fellow author, who suggested – none too gently – that Word Watch quit griping about words being misused by writers and do something about it.

So, here it is: An attempt to share a lifetime of word usage scrutiny and a journalistic career of picky editing.


– To look up a specific word or phrase, check the alphabetical inventory at the beginning of this book. Then click on the capitalized link (or links) associated with it to go to that discussion.
– Read the columns month by month.
– Browse at will.
– Engrave on your heart.

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