Smart Words: Vocabulary for the Erudite

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Penguin, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 196 pages
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How and where to use 500 of the words that make you sound more cultured, worldly, and downright smart.

Whoever said sounding smart had to be painful? It?s all in how you acquire the ?ten-dollar words? of English. Smart Words makes fast and smooth learning of words such as prelapsarian,sedulous, sybaritic and draconian. How? By sticking to ultra-simple definitions, then offering a memorable?and often funny? description of when or why to use the word. A sample sentence shows you how. And the phonetics are a snap.
Here?s the description of sybaritic, defined as luxurious: ?Make that luxurious with a capital S. The word got its start from Sybaris, an ancient Greek city known for being a tad over the top in the pamper-me department.?

Whether you?re a word lover, a fan of quirky reference books, or simply in need of a vocabulary makeover, Smart Words will help you be smart(er) about the words you use and the way you use them.

 

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Contents

Action Keep the momentum going with these vigorous verbs
1
Whats in a Name? Sum up friends and foes in a snap
15
In the Extreme As good as it gets as bad as it can be
27
OneSyllable Wonders Keep it short and snappy
37
The Classics Get to the Latin and Greek root of the matter
51
Imports Souvenirs from abroad
63
Literary Flair Worthy of the finest salons
79
Picture This Descriptions that sing dance and act up a little
93
Sounding Off Music to the ears
109
Sense and Sensuousness Say it with feeling with these evocative words
117
Geography Lessons Get some mileage out of these expressions that got their start in a place or space
123
Spice of Life Add variety with a compelling choice of word
133
Powerhouses Highoctane descriptions that make your meaning clear
147
Storied Terms Words that have a history and a past
159
What a Surprise Use the ordinary in unordinary ways
173
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About the author (2008)

Mim Harrison is the founding editor of Levenger Press, the publishing arm of the niche retailer Levenger, whose products cater to readers. She is the author of Words at Work.

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