Word Workout: Building a Muscular Vocabulary in 10 Easy Steps

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"People judge you by the words you use."  This has never been more true than in our text-driven world of quick communications and often sloppy language use. Word Workout is a practical book for building vocabulary—a graduated program featuring thousands of words that begins with words known by most college graduates and ascends to words known only by the most educated, intelligent, and well-read adults. The workout will be a comprehensive program, chock-full of information about synonyms, antonyms,...

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Overview

"People judge you by the words you use."  This has never been more true than in our text-driven world of quick communications and often sloppy language use. Word Workout is a practical book for building vocabulary—a graduated program featuring thousands of words that begins with words known by most college graduates and ascends to words known only by the most educated, intelligent, and well-read adults. The workout will be a comprehensive program, chock-full of information about synonyms, antonyms, and word origins, and replete with advice on proper usage and pronunciation. There will be creative review quizzes at each step of the way and longer review tests after each level to reinforce learning. Unlike other vocabulary books, Word Workout provides a complete learning experience, with clear explanations of meanings, word histories, usages, pronunciation, and more. Far more than a cram session for a standardized test, the book is designed as a lifetime vocabulary builder, teaching a vocabulary shared by only the top percentage of Americans, with a proven method that helps the knowledge last.

From "awoval" to "proselytize", from "demagogue" to "mendicant," Charles Elster has carefully picked the words you need to know, and given you an easy, fast, and fail-safe way to learn and remember them.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2014
"A workout with words is nowhere near as taxing as twenty minutes on a Stairmaster," says language expert Elster (What in the Word?). In this engaging narrative, the author serves as an encouraging "fitness" trainer, putting readers through their paces as they learn ten increasingly challenging levels of 50 words each, with each level divided into five sets of ten words. Each term is explored in a contextual essay of several paragraphs, and a review test concludes each set. Other grammar/style tips are sprinkled throughout the text. VERDICT Fun mental flexing for those seeking alternatives to Sudoku and crossword puzzles.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312612993
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2014
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 512

Meet the Author

CHARLES HARRINGTON ELSTER is a nationally recognized authority on language and the author of  The Accidents of Style, Verbal Advantage and many other books. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and been a guest commentator on hundreds of radio shows. He lives in San Diego, California.

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