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The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart: 1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use by [Bly, Robert W.]
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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: 3148 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (18 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D8ZL0G
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Its not exactly the book I expect but its interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars The gold standard of vocabulary books. 17 Nov. 2014
By P. P. Clem - Published on Amazon.com
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I collect books in this genre in the off-chance somebody will come up with something worthwhile I find to be new or challenging.
This book is the best of its kind I've found.
Some vocabulary books begin with the assumption that you are 13 years-old and you may have some gaps in your vocabulary.
Some claim 3,000 words and add in myrmidon, terpsichorean, sciamachy, and susirrus none of which you'll ever hear or have occasion to use.
This book includes over 1,100 worthwhile words every adult should know and put to good use.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am definitely one of "those people" who enjoy reading dictionaries 5 Nov. 2015
By NoneYa - Published on Amazon.com
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I am definitely one of "those people" who enjoy reading dictionaries. Well, maybe not dictionaries per se, but books that help me expand my vocabulary.

I have older brothers and loved to trick me with wordplay back in the day. Two still try to do it, but they have to do something to try and make themselves feel superior...which usually means working hard at making others feel inferior. So it was a matter of self-preservation growing up.

Now it is nice to be able to turn a phrase in an unusual way...not to make anyone feel uneducated, but rather to keep my mind fresh.

This is a nice quick resource to choose from. While dictionary.com and thesaurus.com is undoubtedly more in depth, when working away from the web, having a resource like this is useful.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pusillanimous pleasure... 7 May 2014
By Daniel Myers - Published on Amazon.com
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Now, for Mr. Bly to put out a tome reflecting how to actually improve or at least sound like you had improved your educational achievements vis a vis your audibly visible vocabulary is a short effort, given his regular prodigy at all this "schtuff".

That he's extended opinion to 1200 of his favorite culprits is additionally laudatory, since over-cranked tech educations will often not even provide the necessary fast perusal of all things written, and is therefore Most Appreciated.

Finally a godsend to parents -- at least of boys -- that create a perfect, written down "wage against the machine" guideline from which to bet, cajole, plead, embarass, objectivize and one's male offspring.
If you can't make a good daily or weekly wager from this material, they oughta make sure you never get to land in Vegas again.

Just think, at a $1 or more per word, your children may get out of a public school education with minimal cost... they [and you, too, let's be sure...] will slide through english and all sorts of the other reasonably language-oriented courses for years -- the novelty of being an intellectual stud will carry them onto "real" pedagogic wonders... all for $20. Don't miss it....! :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on a Kindle at the airport, doctor's office 22 Jan. 2013
By HonestReviews - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the format of the book. Every word has an example sentence for clarity. However, a lot of the words are those one would never use, but there are plenty one could incorporate into their daily vocabulary in their effort to rise above being mistaken for Peter Griffin. Going through it when you would otherwise be idle, such as at an airport waiting gate, is the preferred setting, I think.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Fun 5 Mar. 2013
By M. G. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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You may never use any of the words in this book... but if you want to sound smart, you'll find the words you need here. You'll also get some good ideas for playing Scrabble and other word games. And if you simply love language, this book will be just plain fun to read.
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