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100 Words To Make You Sound Smart 1st Edition
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Each specific word was easily defined and placed into a useful context for readers to understand. Quoting from an assortment of sources including movies, television, magazines, and newspapers, it was fun to explore new words and to reacquaint myself with some old friends.
I have a suggestion for anyone interested: next time you're taking a road trip with someone you like, take this little diddy with you . . . and have some fun!
A book I read recently said that we are to write to that reading level, not because our reader's ability, but because today people are sssssoooooo busy and stressed they don't want to take the time to read "harder," higher-level words.
I was thrilled that a writer/editor of other people's words, I knew every single one. So now let's see how many of those 100 words I can use in a sentence (do I need a hobby, or what?)
The lurid (explicit/vivid) paradox (contradict) is insidious (treacherous), making me peevish (irritable) in that it is Spartan (simple manner) and without stigma (disgrace), but is also stoic (show no emotion), ostentatious (pretentious), and fastidious (attention to detail)--a dichotomy (divided into two parts) that is a red herring (draws attention from matter at hand) that is 100 percent non sequitur (does not follow logically).
So there. Writers and readers, if you can catch an idiosyncratic word (peculiar to a specific group), write me at P.O. Box _____.
Armchair Interviews says: The 100 Words That Make You Sound Smart would be a fun gift for anyone, including you--because anything that can make you sound smart can't be all bad. You think?
However, if you are an adult and already know what svengali means, you probably don't need this book. The editors did write in the foreword that the word choices were based on expressiveness not obscurity which is why they didn't include words like "brobdingnagian" or "philolgy".
Something that bothered a lot me was the title of the book; it made me feel pretentious reading this book.
Overall, I liked the format of the book. It was short, easy to read, easy to carry, and was somewhat entertaining. I also liked how the authors included famous quotes and passages as well as word origins. For me, the book provided the definitions of words that I've skimmed over but never bothered to look up.
I bought this book expecting interesting words like pellucid or philology (thanks Simon Winchester), brobdingnagian or perspicacity. Instead, I was chagrined to find a banal collection of everyday language, including:
capricious, carte blanche, heresy, malaise, mantra, nirvana, red herring, suave, tirade...
AHD editors, I expected better!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Keep it by my computer for quick reference during my writing moments!Published 18 months ago by Jerry Kent
give to every kid in school and every adult to remind us how to speakPublished 19 months ago by karen r
Good vocal, and even better explanation for usage. Small size makes it handy to be carried around. Would recommend it.Published on February 28, 2014 by alizae mirza
My son and I have set out to learn 2 new words each day and to use them in our everyday interaction with others.
It is fun learning new words with him.
I couldn't really get into this book. It was a little generic if you ask me. I got it to help improve my college papers but as it turned out, the dictionary was more helpful.Published on October 7, 2013 by Monica S.
I thought that this book would have more unusual words. It certainly didn't do that. It was not worth the purchase!Published on July 2, 2013 by P. Yeager