'This admirable book is a wholly welcome antidote to the semi-demi-literacy of the 21st century. Go out and buy it!' -- Colin Dexter
'Van den Bergh has produced a volume of words we all use, nod at and try to explain to other people - all with too little knowledge of their real meaning. It is time to claim back a semblance of literacy with this sublime lexicon.' -- The Field (December 2010)
'For the type of person who is always collecting new words from books, television programmes and even the internet, How to Sound Clever
is both a vocabulary checklist and a source of fresh inspiration! An entertaining, addictive and, yes, instructive vocabulary top-up that will appeal to all amateur wordsmiths...quirky cartoons and etymological anecdotes lighten the experience somewhat, appealing to browsers and trivia buffs alike! Recommended as a desktop distraction or festive stocking filler for logophiles, How to Sound Clever has all the words you ever wanted to know, but were too lazy to look up!' --Reference Reviews
If you don t know what it means, don't use it. That's advice you might give to anyone who is linguistically limited but likes long words...now you can just give them this book instead, which offers 600 words that sound as good as they mean, from 'abstruse'- hard to understand- to 'winnow'- to reduce the number until the best ones remain. The author was inspired to write the book after losing a business deal having misused the word 'salubrious' He thought it meant dirty. His point is that if you can't be trusted with your 'elementary units of communication' what can you be trusted with? And if you learned, say, 20 words a day, think how you might sound in a month. Euphonic? Didactic even? Or perhaps just cleverer than you did. --Katie Law, The Evening Standard
About the Author
Hubert van den Bergh has worked in the City for the past decade. A language enthusiast, he was awarded an academic scholarship from Oxford University, where he studied Modern Languages.
Follow Hubert on Twitter @soundclever.