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The Best Words: More than 200 of the Most Excellent, Most Desirable, Most Suitable, Most Satisfying Words

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Highlighting the cream of the crop in the English language, this zany compilation showcases more than 200 exceptional words. Underscoring select terms for their definitions, pronunciations, or both, this exploration resurrects a medley of overlooked examples while also providing instances of their uses in contemporary speech. Rather than presenting an array of obscure words that are too impractical for everyday use, this consideration includes choice expressions that can actually be used in speaking and ...

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Overview

Highlighting the cream of the crop in the English language, this zany compilation showcases more than 200 exceptional words. Underscoring select terms for their definitions, pronunciations, or both, this exploration resurrects a medley of overlooked examples while also providing instances of their uses in contemporary speech. Rather than presenting an array of obscure words that are too impractical for everyday use, this consideration includes choice expressions that can actually be used in speaking and writing. Concluding with 150 challenging quiz questions to test comprehension, this miscellany also features sidebars with further explanation, derivations, and literary asides, making it ideal for students, writers, grammarians, and word lovers alike.

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"Fiske's The Best Words contains delightfully expressive words that are as useful as they are colorful; the choice of words,the illustrative sentences,and the pronunciation guide are nothing less than superb." —Rod L. Evans, author, Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits

"If you're a lover of words, you'll enjoy this entertaining, illuminating book. And if you're a writer, you'll enrich your work with the evocative, unique words you'll learn here." —Kelly James-Enger, author, Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks

"When I require the choice vocable, the tastiest morsel of verbal victuals, done not medium but rare, I make my way to Fiske’s table and am always delighted. Robert Hartwell Fiske is America’s master finder of the apt word." —Bill Casselman, author, Where a Dobdob Meets a Dikdik

"The Best Words is the Dean & Deluca of the word-loving gourmand, full of words rich in history and meaning—and uncommon enough to win over even longtime logophiles. Those with a craving for superlative words will find this an uberous source. The Best Words will definitely be on my best-of-the-word-books bookshelf." —Mim Harrison, author, Smart Words and Wicked Good Words

"Many previous books have introduced readers to words they might not have known before. Robert Hartwell Fiske's new entry has the advantage of displaying its words in flattering contexts, showing how good writers—and sometimes great ones—have put them to real use. The result is fun and instructive." —Ward Farnsworth, author, Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

Dallas Morning News
Readers will cheer his trouncing of cliche', redundancy, and windy generality.
Richard Lederer
If you want to create fat-free sentences and paragraphs, you will pay heed to Robert Hartwell Fiske's advice.--(Richard Lederer, author, Anguished English)
New York Times
Fiske shows how to make the turgid crisp.--(William Safire)
Richard Lederer
If you want to create fat-free sentences and paragraphs, you will pay heed to Robert Hartwell Fiske's advice.
Bloomberg News
Robert Hartwell Fiske adheres admirably to rules that are practical, that facilitate understanding through logic and lucidity, or even just by a sense of decorum that makes speech more communicative and writing more elegant.--(John Simon)
New York Times William Safire
Fiske shows how to make the turgid crisp.
Bloomberg News John Simon
Robert Hartwell Fiske adheres admirably to rules that are practical, that facilitate understanding through logic and lucidity, or even just by a sense of decorum that makes speech more communicative and writing more elegant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933338828
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of the Vocabula Review, a monthly online journal about the English language. He is the author of The Dictionary of Concise Writing, The Dictionary of Disagreeable English, The Dimwit’s Dictionary, and Vocabula Bound. He lives in Rockport, Massachusetts.

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