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Word Watch

A Writer's Guide to the Slippery, Sneaky and Otherwise Tricky
A non fiction book by


"A Fun Frolic Through the English Language"

Welcome to a word usage book with attitude. (Humor, too, but definitely attitude.)

Further or farther? Averse or adverse? Callous or callus? Less or fewer? Restive or Restless? Childish or childlike? Pause or hesitate? Sometimes the choice is between right or wrong, often it's between so-so and spectacular. Make informed choices with the help of WORD WATCH.

Multiple USA Today bestselling author and longtime Washington Post editor Patricia McLinn shares word nuances learned in a lifetime of word usage scrutiny, publishing 50 novels, 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 word collections from beginning to end.
- Browse at will.
- Engrave on your heart.

"Terrific (and terrific fun) for word lovers everywhere"

"A valuable reference and a good read rolled into one.
"Need to settle an argument over whether those birds wandering across the road are Canada or Canadian geese? Have a hard time remembering if it's "alot" or "a lot"? Want to be sure you aren't making a fool of yourself when you write your Christmas letter, telling all your friends and family about your vacation to D.C., where you visited the CapitOl building?
"Whether you're a writer, an editor, a reader ... Word Watch will get you where you want to go in style" - 5* review

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October 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Word Watch: A Writer's Guide to the Slippery, Sneaky and Otherwise Tricky
Author(s): Patricia McLinn
Publisher: Craig Place Books
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