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About the Author
An energetic escape from the literary languor that enwreathes writers and speakers addicted to stale adjectives.
Arthur Plotnik is a masterly expert on the use and the writing of the English language...a master of superlatives.
Do you feel...sometimes that you're stuck on a couple of words, unable to move beyond them? Well then, we have the book for you!
It's difficult to describe how a thesaurus is entertaining, but the author has managed it. From the sheer number of quality adjectives, I imagine I would find one in this terrific-scratch that-frabjous compendium.
Plotnik's 'acclamatory hoard' is every bit as entertaining as it is useful. And (to lift one phrase) that ain't exactly chopped herring, considering it gives this critic some six thousand substitutes for feeble old amazing and its ilk.
Well-written, and engaging...All readers will...find it supremely fascinating to learn of the terms...to express greatness.
What could be as fabulous, stupendous, showstopping, socko-boffo, and epiphanic as this neatly organized, humorous yet helpful 'acclamatory hoard' of words for praising?
Whether you use this book...when stuck for a thwackingly good superlative or...to turbocharge your vocabulary, ...you'll find the...industrial-strength verbal inventiveness that you're seeking.
Zestfully written, this...reviviscent, wordy fun is to be read as well as consulted, and what gonzo joy awaits language lovers as Plotnik serves up high-fiveable hot sauce for the brain.
- ASIN : B0056IJJVW
- Publisher : Viva Editions (July 12, 2011)
- Publication date : July 12, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 762 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,436 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When the only word that comes immediately to mind is "GREAT," "HUGE," or "AWESOME," imagine having at your fingertips such alternatives as: monsta!; a leg up on perfect; Mozartian; smack-in-the-glove perfect; tweetworthy; and more.
Regardless of your personal writing style, there are turns of phrase here for everyone, from the street-smart coarse to the ten-Ph.D. erudite. What's more, his lists will inspire you to come up with your own brains-into-putty expressions and insights that will send frissons of delight coursing down your word-loving spine.
How about: Jayne Mansfield 2.0; lick-her-boots mesmerizing; boop-boop-a-doopa appealing? Or try these on for size: gigabig; incomprehensibly immense; pachydermous?
Better still, try some of these modifiers to spiff-up the over-used "awesome": awesome unabridged; giga-awesome; kiss-the-hem-of-its-robe awesome; out-of-the-ballpark awesome.
Even these don't begin to tell the whole story. The author provides commentary at the start of each section, as well as synonyms or in-context examples for less-than-familiar expressions.
The only down-side is that I wish I'd purchased the paperback version, too. It would be dog-eared, highlighted, underlined and otherwise accoutered with sticky note tabs. On the other hand, there's a lot to be said for being able to search for something without flipping pages. I absolutely must learn how to use the highlight and bookmark functions on my Kindle!
If you love words, then this gem of a book is a no-brain inevitability for your shopping cart. Better turn on 1-click. Quick!
Although the book is meant for occasional reference, I read it from beginning to end--it's that mesmerizing. The five appendices are an especially fecund resource, notably Appendix 5, which gives us a starter set of alternatives to tired old terms. Among my favorites are: raveworthy, avalanchine, ungluing, gobsmacking and both-barrels mind-blasting. Mr. Plotnik, URTM (per Appendix 2 on texting acclaim: You are the man).
Not only is it a "compendium of wallopingly fresh superlatives," it is flat-out fun to read.
My hard copy just arrived, and I'm already putting sticky note tabs and paper clips on my favorite pages. If you write, if you blog, if you simply love to play with words, if the banalities of awesome, great, and fabulous bore you -- go ahead and spring for the hard copy. This belongs within arms length of your keyboard.
In response to the negative reviews on this book... For those who thrive on precise organization, or who twitch compulsively when facing variability, this may not be the reference for you. However, for those who feel let down by their thesaurus when their brainstorming dead ends at the same old synonyms, this is the book that will get your mind moving once more.
Personally, I find that Plotnik provides just enough organization to make the book searchable, but not so much that the reader feels limited. Whenever I want to find a synonym for a word, I simply decide if my intended meaning falls into one of his fifteen categories. Did I want to convey size? I look under "Large." If I meant to convey a sensation in the body I would look under "Physically Affecting," or if it were a sensation of the spirit I would go to "Sublime" or "Challenging Belief or Expression." This may all sound vague, but I assure you it has worked well for me. A thesaurus nitpicks over semantics. Plotnick cuts to the chase and helps your say what you mean.
One more thing. For those who argued that Plotnik included too many whimsical or nonsensical words, I would respond that whimsy can come in handy when you least expect it. My blog post on cupcakes does not need the corny (and hilarious) term "Viagara on a plate" but if I ever write myself into a corner while describing a delicious barbeque sausage sandwich, I have a feeling it might prove useful. (And hilarious.) I admit, I may not be brave enough to tell my significant other that I find them coruscatingly beautiful, but what if that same person decided to, say, buy me a diamond necklace for Valentines? Do I want to find myself at a loss for words, limited to "wonderful" or "lovely"? No, thank you. I want to be able to say, "Thank you for the lovely gift, darling. It's coruscatingly beautiful."
So, if you are capable of using eighth-grade skills such as brainstorming, categorizing, and judging context-clues, then this might very well be the book for you. It will reduce brain-blocking headaches and add whimsy to your writing life, I promise.