Word Trippers

This word choice guide is your Ultimate Source for Choosing the Perfect Word When It Really Matters!

Do you get confused knowing the right word to choose? Do pesky pairings such as “imply vs. infer” or “accept vs. except” trip you up? If you don’t get them right, there’s a price to pay. You risk:

  • Your ability to convey your message clearly and precisely.
  • Your credibility and professionalism in your marketplace.
  • Your valued reputation among those you want to influence.

This short, easy-to-understand guide provides a greater grasp of our language. When two words seem similar, Word Trippers not only gets people to select the proper one; it helps them understand the different nuances of meaning.

Then, as they’re recognized for their ability to communicate accurately, they move up a notch in the eyes of others—and feel more confident in the process.

In today’s super-tight job market, it’s vital to communicate your talents so powerfully that the prospective boss feels compelled to select you over others. One way to improve your communication is through Barbara McNichol’s Word Trippers book. By using it, people develop the precision to successfully communicate their thoughts.

- Bing Brown, author

Who benefits from using Word Trippers?

  • Business professionals
  • Teachers and students
  • VAs and admin assistants
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Authors, bloggers, speakers
  • Court reporters and journalists

There are so many times when the exact meaning or connotation of a word is critical to deliver the message and not deliver confusion. I use the Word Trippers book at least once or twice during the writing of a story.

- John Wolf, author

Word Trippers gives you an easy-to-search tripper-tracking source for selecting the perfect word when it matters most. A considerable work; this is a good collection with clear explanations.

- Joseph Harris, writer

Maybe you’re a writer, or maybe you’re a copyeditor like I am. Either way, certain word pairs can trip you up from time to time. You don’t want to embarrass yourself in print. But figuring out the differences can be time-consuming and sometimes confusing. This book contains clear explanations for each of the commonly confused word pairs. That makes it quick and easy to select the option that applies and then get back to the task at hand.

- Lynette Smith, editor, author

This must-have book/ebook features 390+ Word Trippers created by Barbara McNichol—who’s corrected others’ spelling and grammar since grade school.

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Examples of Word Trippers

Among vs. between
“Among” occurs with MORE THAN two things or people; “between” happens with ONLY two things or people.
Examples: “Among the 128 members, 92 have email access. Between AOL and Earthlink, AOL is the more popular choice.”
Anxious vs. eager
“Eager” means exciting or enthusiastic; “anxious” means full of anxiety or worry.
Examples: “I’m eager to hear the details of your trip.” “I have been anxious to learn about your travels ever since I heard about the airline strike.”
Lose vs. loose
The verb “lose” is the opposite of the verb “win.” “Do you win or lose when you gamble?” The adjective “loose” means not fastened tightly while the verb “loose” means to free something.
Examples: “This loose blouse looks comfortable.” “Loose (or loosen) your tie and relax!” Confusion occurs because the pronunciation differs from what’s expected: “lose” with one “o” is pronounced “looz,” whereas “loose” with two “o”s is pronounced “loos.”


Praise for Word Trippers:

I highly recommend Word Trippers —a delightful and useful reference with great information from a world-class book editor, Barbara McNichol.

- Anita Paul, professional speaker, former court reporter

Barbara’s Word Trippers material should be in everyone’s back pocket. It is a quintessential reference for those words that can stump us with their appropriate use. I’m a bit of a word nut and I learned a few things. Highly recommended.

– Mary Shaefer

I thought Word Trippers 1st Edition was a great tool! Word Trippers 2nd Edition enhances it even more. Hardly a day or week goes by that I don’t use Word Trippers. Barbara’s books make it easy to find the right word for the right content!

– Nancy Upchurch

Barbara McNichol has gathered all those tricky words, so easily confused—bring/take, then/than, lay/lie—to assist the writer in using the correct word. Authors as well as teachers of English, creative writing, and journalism would do well to keep this book within reach of their computers at all times.

– Valerie Allen

If you know someone who is a writer, or if you have loved ones going off to college, this book would make a great gift for them. When they get stuck while writing, uncertain about the correct word (is it “affect” or “effect”?), they’’ll have the answer right at their fingertips.

– Gary Ciesla

What professional wordsmiths say about WORD TRIPPERS:

Because this language of ours contains so many words that look alike, sound alike, and have similar meanings, finding the right one can be confusing. Should it be eager or anxious? Peak or peek or even pique? How about course or coarse? And should you use compose or comprise? Well, if you find yourself scratching your head at times about the right word, my friend and colleague Barbara McNichol has a great tool for you. It’s a book titled Word Trippers and it contains nearly 400 pairs of words that can trip you up, especially if you think a spellchecker program is all you need.

- Bob Kelly, WordCrafters

As a professional writer, I enjoy the twists of the English language, such as when to use peek or peak, and course or coarse. Like big rocks on a path, I trip over how to use ‘lay vs. lie’ and ‘compose vs. comprise.’ That’s when I peek at Barbara’s Word Trippers ebook and get back on course.

- Patrice Rhoades-Baum, copywriter, marketer

From writing I encountered in the business world, I think everyone from administrative assistants to managers and CEOs would benefit from Word Trippers. Gremlins can sneak in anywhere!

- Peggy Henrikson, editor, author

Friends, if using the English language properly is important to you, follow my speaker buddy, Barb. I love her Word Tripper e-zine. It’s great info.

Mellanie True Hills, author

As someone who has made his living with words for several decades, most of Barbara’s Word Trippers cover rules of word usage I already know. But from time to time I learn something new as I did with her explanation of the distinction between convince and persuade.

- Jerry Brown, PR consultant

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