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The Artful Nuance: A Refined Guide to Imperfectly Understood Words in the English Language [Format Kindle]

Rod L. Evans

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?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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 430 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 228 pages
  • Editeur : Perigee Books; Édition : Original (21 janvier 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B001QA4SM4
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Important distinctions abound 11 février 2009
Par Robert Stewart - Publié sur
The Artful Nuance is a handy compendium for the careful speaker and writer who wants, as Mark Twain said, the right word, not merely the almost right word. Rod Evans has cataloged the characteristics that make similar-seeming words unique. What I enjoyed most about The Artful Nuance is that I found a number of words that have, in common use, all but blotted out another word, such as depreciate (instead of deprecate), enormousness (instead of enormity), and healthful (instead of healthy). Professor Evans helps to restore these nearly forgotten words to their rightful place by clearly explaining the differences between these and many other words. It is a joy to read his comparisons of words from amok/beserk to zeal/zest. A great book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Passion for Distinctions! 11 février 2009
Par D. Mayer - Publié sur
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In his book Discourses on Davila (1790), John Adams wrote that human beings naturally had a "passion for distinction." Although not quite the same as the passion Adams wrote about, the passion for distinctions (in the plural) that many of us have is, fortunately, shared by author Rod Evans in this delightfully informative book. Some grammar books might teach us about the distinction between the words "that" and "which," but where else but in The Artful Nuance can we learn about such distinctions as "biannual" vs. "biennial," "specious" vs. "spurious," "venal" vs. "venial," or "naked" vs. "nude"? Readers of this book also will realize the subtle differences between a "geek" and a "nerd," a "tramp" and a "vamp," or a "twerp" and a "twit." Or such nice three-way distinctions as "bum/hobo/tramp" (only two of which are necessarily homeless), "rascal/rogue/scoundrel" (which is nastiest?), or "kinky/kooky/quirky" (I'll admit to being only one!). Movie-goers will appreciate the difference between "movie" and "film," and if they like to stay to watch the credits, the distinctions between "screenplay by," "story by," and "written by." Whoever makes the signs for supermarket express lanes ought to know the distinction between "fewer" and "less." And knowing the difference between "sweet potato" and "yam" might come in handy at the next Thanksgiving dinner. Overall, I highly recommend The Artful Nuance. It's such a handy reference book that I have two copies, one for home and one for my office.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun for people who love language! 6 août 2009
Par mello_conn - Publié sur
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I bought this book for a friend who is fascinated by languages and all of the little nuances that determine where sayings came from, how certain phrases came into use and so forth. He just loved this book! Anyone else who wants to know why we communicate with the phrases we use will also enjoy it.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great distinctions for Everyday words 12 mars 2014
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I recommended this book to my daughter whose job requires her to be precise with language. Words are listed alphabetically and include sample sentences but it lacks a table of contents or even an alphabetical list of the 500+ words that would have facilitated reviews.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting and fun 15 octobre 2014
Par Sarah Stone - Publié sur
Great book for writers and anyone else who enjoys words.
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