These words include near-synonyms—words with subtle but important distinctions in meaning—like baleful
, and effectual
. Other pairings bring together notorious sound-alikes, like faze
(bother) vs. phase
(put in fluid) vs. pore
(read closely), and waive
(forgo) vs. wave
(say hello). The book also addresses some classic spelling blunders and “nonwords,” like beyond the pail
, full reign
, and inobstrusive
Each word has a definition and a pronunciation, and most have etymologies explaining the word's origin. The mix-ups themselves are described in fun-to-read notes that provide clear solutions to help readers avoid making needless, uncomfortable gaffes.
100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles gives readers the chance to improve their command of words that are often heard but not so well expressed.