The Artful Nuance : A Refined Guide to Imperfectly Understood Words in the English Language
"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter." (Mark Twain)
What's the difference between:
Nectar and ambrosia? Bough and branch? Astonished and surprised? Sensual and sensuous? Beside and besides?
Many people use these words interchangeably but there are actually subtle and interesting differences in meaning and usage. Now from the author of Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge comes a fun and fascinating word reference book for word lovers, students, and trivia collectors alike. Readers will relish learning about these distinctions in this entertaining homage to a gift we use every day--words.
"If you're a word nut like I am, you'll be a fervent--not a fervid!--fan of Rod Evans's invaluable guide to the most easily confused words in English. I paged through it with zest and zeal--which, if I may spoil the ending, turn out to be not quite the same thing."
--Ken Jennings, author of Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive Worlds of Trivia Buffs, holder of longest winning streak on "Jeopardy!"
"Because the English language possesses far more words than any other, Rod Evans's The Artful Nuance is an especially useful reference book for all of us who desire to speak and write right."
--Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English
"A valuable and edifying reference for anyone who is interested in the myriad nuances of our language."
--Tyler Hinman, four-time American Crossword Puzzle Champion
"Everyone who writes or speaks for a living--or aspires to do so--should read this book! It has something to teach even the most language-savvy among us--from big distinctions to nuggets of nuance. If you don't know the difference between 'naked' and 'nude,' and 'rebut' and 'refute,' then this book should be a permanent part of your library."
--Merl Reagle, syndicated crossword maker
"Good communication starts with an effective use of language. Evans presents with crystal clarity distinctions any outstanding students, writers, or speakers would want to be able to use in their everyday world."
--Joe Edley, three-time American Scrabble champion, co-author of Everything Scrabble
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February 02, 2009
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