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This review is from: Fiske 250 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know (Kindle Edition)
It's interesting to find out what the 250 most important words are high school grads should know. Yes, they are important, but I learned most of these when I was in 8th grade. Many of these mostly adjectives have Latin roots or are derived from foreign words:
scathe, lacerate, disparage,deride. temerity.diatribe, animus (good one!),excoriate, emasculate, flay, bellicose, agonistic, contentious, pugnacious, fractious, truculent, belligerent, obstreperous and jingoist (both also good ones), casus belli, ennui, inertia, phlegmatic and feckless, torpid, lassitude, jaded (!), doldrums and stagnant.
The funny words are pretty good: risible, Rabelaisian (both good!), sardonic, buffoon, Cachinnation, caricature, farce, antics, droll, lampoon, farrago, libretto, pubescent, anomie, quantum, quinunc, assiduous, ersatz, incubus, imbroglio, polygamy.
There are more interesting words, obviously. Examples are given in sentences and sometimes a short history of the word is given. Proper pronunciation is also included. Quizzes follow every few chapter.
This is a nice collection of 250 useful words. This is a great deal while it is free, but you may be annoyed having to pay for this book.