Smart Words: Vocabulary for the Erudite and Those Who Wish to Be

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How and where to use 500 of the words that make you sound more cultured, worldly, and downright smart.

Whoever said sounding smart had to be painful? It's all in how you acquire the ?ten-dollar words? of English. Smart Words makes fast and smooth learning of words such as prelapsarian,sedulous, sybaritic and draconian. How? By sticking to ultra-simple definitions, then offering a memorable-and often funny? description of when or why to use the ...

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Overview

How and where to use 500 of the words that make you sound more cultured, worldly, and downright smart.

Whoever said sounding smart had to be painful? It's all in how you acquire the ?ten-dollar words? of English. Smart Words makes fast and smooth learning of words such as prelapsarian,sedulous, sybaritic and draconian. How? By sticking to ultra-simple definitions, then offering a memorable-and often funny? description of when or why to use the word. A sample sentence shows you how. And the phonetics are a snap.
Here's the description of sybaritic, defined as luxurious: ?Make that luxurious with a capital S. The word got its start from Sybaris, an ancient Greek city known for being a tad over the top in the pamper-me department.?

Whether you're a word lover, a fan of quirky reference books, or simply in need of a vocabulary makeover, Smart Words will help you be smart(er) about the words you use and the way you use them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399534645
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 484,240
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mim Harrison is the founding editor of Levenger Press, the publishing arm of the niche retailer Levenger, whose products cater to readers. She is the author of Words at Work.
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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Smart Reference

    Smart Words is a creative, easy-to-read vocabulary builder with many useful words. The author used creative examples and definitions for each word, as well as a creative name for each chapter. For example, she named chapter one "Action!" for verbs; chapter two "What's in a Name?" for nouns; and chapter three "In the Extreme" for superlatives. Some of the words are over-the-top for regular conversation and writing, like deracinate, magister dixit, and addlepated. Still, the author included many memorable words that I highlighted for later use, like miscreant, copacetic, and catharsis. Overall, I recommend this book for the erudite, with this one caveat: this book lacks word exercises to galvanize you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

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    I have bought many "vocablury improvement" books as I love semantics. This one is the best of this size I have seen. It is valuable because the reader should have occasions to use the words in normal conversations with confidence as the definitions are succinct and plausible. I truly love this book

    I also recommend Build Your Power Vocabulary, Random House. This is more comprehensive, thorough, enlightening and I wouldn't be without it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

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    Good book for learning a few words to improve your vocabulary.

    The book had a good amount of words to study. What I liked about the book was that it was easy to read. However, if someone were to ask me to recall words from the book I couldn't tell him/her too much. What this book lacks is a few word exercises with the words learned in order for them to be retained in a person's long-term memory. For anyone interested in learning words, check out WORDFEST! It's a great book. It has 1,000 words broken down into 100 sections of 10 words with exercises after section.

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