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The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart: 1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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....! :)
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