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The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart: 1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use: 1, 200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use

The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart: 1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use: 1, 200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use [Kindle Edition]

Robert W. Bly
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This book is a tongue-in-cheek guide to words that any well-educated, witty person should be able to drop into cocktail conversation. The reader is encouraged to toss off words such as “disestablishmentarianism,” “descant,” and “autodidactic” –words that will make the user sound learned, intellectual, and wise. For those who want to improve the quality and sophistication of their speech and writing, this is the book to keep on the nightstand.

About the Author

Robert W. Bly is a professional writer and self-made millionaire. He is the author of seventy books including several popular volumes on writing. He has lectured on writing, publishing, and marketing to numerous groups. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Communications at New York University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (18 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D8ZL0G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart words... 1 Mar 2013
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A useful supplement to dictionaries which don't offer certain words and their appliations that certain of us want to have access to
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good GRE book 10 Jun 2011
By Shawnelle - Published on
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I bought this book initially just to improve my vocabulary. Eventually, I realized I might have to take the GRE soon. Upon picking up the Princeton Review GRE Wordsmart book (a small dictionary of a bunch of frequent GRE vocabulary) I realized I already knew almost all of it. So this book does have value to potential graduate students and seems to provide less of a dictionary definition than a definition grounded in how the word is actually used in literature and conversation. This detail can be both a bane and a help: the GRE tests dictionary definitions and multiple uses of the words potentially. This book provides one or two definitions at most and sometimes it's not the definition you'd expect in a small handful of instances. So I'd also recommend the Wordsmart book as a fail-safe companion to this book just to increase your overall knowledge of each word a bit more. (sorry for emphasizing GRE utility so much) The examples for the most part are fine though the poetry examples, which are few, didn't do much for me. There were a few words I just knew I would never use and a small handful I knew I would never WANT to use. You'll find some examples for yourself; some terms that just seem too anachronistic for modern use though they're probably included for the literary folks so that's good and some are interesting to take note of. Basically, if you go through this book with whatever memorization methods you like to use then you'll be pretty well prepared to take a GRE qualitative test section or read lots of literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant social status when you open your mouth 9 Feb 2010
By Dick Paetzke - Published on
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Do you think that "limpid" has something to do with hobbling around on an injured leg? Bob Bly who may well deserve the sobriquet of America's most successful advertising writer has elucubrated a glossary of must-know words if you have any hope at all of not being tagged as a hopelessly inept social klutz.

This is a fun book. It may not make you the life of the party, but heads will turn when you open your mouth and knowledgeably utter a string of these words that aren't generally lingua franca among the hoi polloi.

I'm not sure whether Bly authored this tome with tongue in cheek, but I do know that most of us could stand to put a little more substance into our vocabularies. Even if you cause others to stretch a little bit. So go ahead, add a dash of eloquence, increase your sense of mystery, enhance your charisma and stop sounding exactly like every other dumb clunk. Just don't overdo it. A good vocabulary is like adding spice to a dish, just a dash will do you.

The best speech is still just lucid, to the point and entertaining. It's what I've tried to do with my book Postcards. Little Letters From Life Check it out and see what I mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple 28 Oct 2009
By Sergio Avila - Published on
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I purchased this book for my younger cousin. His vocabulary was severly lacking and it his only been recent but the book attracts his eye better than a dictionary. Plus I like the fact that it goes straight to those words that can be more commonly used and it is an easy read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining light reading and browsing 5 Sep 2009
By Brian Crook - Published on
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Most readers will find that they know many of the words. They may also disagree with some of Bly's definitions, which tells us a bit about the differences in how his and the readers' minds work.

It's like Chinese food - satisfying, but you'll want more shortly. To be enjoyed several times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars words 21 April 2009
By Chico - Published on
Words can either make you or break you.this book is like a pair of insulated traction boots before stepping out into the cold conversational world.
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