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The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives Hardcover – 30 Mar 2003

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Nouns and verbs may get most of the credit for being the building blocks of our language, but it's the adjective that adds colour, style and adornment to our speech and writing. From renowned lexicographer Eugene Ehrlich, here is the definitive collection of "golden" adjectives, especially selected for the extraordinarily discriminating user. Along with the selection of more than 1000 adjectives, Ehrlich discusses their fascinating etymologies, lists appropriate synonyms and antonyms, and provides pronunciation help. This is the ultimate reference book for readers, writers, students, word buffs, and anybody looking to improve his or her language skills. Ehrlich's The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate has sold more than 100, 000 copies and the Highly Selected Thesaurus has sold more then 120,000 copies.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Ideal for those who want to expand their vocabulary 29 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
All philologists - people who love literature and the english language - will find this to be a very interesting and useful book. It helps you learn new words and provides their etymology, pronunciation and several sentences. Unlike many other vocabulary books where your not quite sure how to use the words you learn; this book makes it a lot easier. I also recommend:
"There's a word for it!" by Charles Harrington Elster
Norman Schur's books "2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words" and "1000 Most important words."
For those you are just beginning to expand their vocabulary the "Word Smart" series is very handy and so it "A Pocket Guide to Vocabulary" 3rd edition by Barron's
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A gift for the Highly Selective 9 Mar. 2009
By L. Sorensen - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this series. I have a client, Explainers, who takes the selection of their words very seriously while trying to reduce aliteracy in the workplace.

I recently bought this book for them and they absolutely loved it - just as I have. That's the third time I've purchased a book from this series for folks I know who appreciate and study the English language as I do.
Trilogy 10 April 2013
By Chuck - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are three word books, sort of a series, that I know of by Ehrlich. A 'Selective Dictionary', 'Selective Thesaurus' and this one, Golden Adjectives. I read all three straight through (though the entries are formatted alphabetically.) You'll learn some new words for sure, most of which you should never allow yourself to be caught dead using.
An impressive collection of adjectives 4 Jan. 2015
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I give this book five stars for all the terrific words even though they are not organized by subject to make them a more useful reference for writers. They are certainly a fine collection of adjectives.
The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives [Kindle Edition] 1 Sept. 2012
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My wife bought this kindle book to help with her new project...writing a book. She said it is a great help in finding the right word for the right thought.
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