Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate

  • Filename: highly-selective-thesaurus-for-the-extraordinarily-literate.
  • ISBN: 9780061762499
  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Anyone looking to improve his or her vocabulary and anyone who loves words will be enthralled by this unique and impressive thesaurus that provides only the most unusual -- or is it recondite? --words for each entry.

The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate

  • Filename: the-highly-selective-dictionary-for-the-extraordinarily-literate.
  • ISBN: 9780061746796
  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Between TV talk shows, radio call-in programs, email and the Internet, spontaneous-talk media has skyrocketed in the '90s. People are interacting more frequently and more fervently than ever before, turning the English language into an indecipherable mess. Now, this unique and concise compendium presents the most confused and misused words in the language today -- words misused by careless speakers and writers everywhere. It defines, discerns and distinguishes the finer points of sense and meaning. Was it fortuitous or only fortunate? Are you trying to remember, or more fully recollect? Is he uninterested or disinterested? Is it healthful or healthy, regretful or regrettable, notorious or infamous? The answers to these and many more fascinating etymological questions can be found within the pages of this invaluable (or is it valuable?) reference.

The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives

  • Filename: the-highly-selective-dictionary-of-golden-adjectives.
  • ISBN: 0061746789
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Adjectives have long suffered from bad press. For many years, English teachers have been fond of telling students that "adjectives are the enemy of nouns, and adverbs are the enemy of everything else." While it's still advisable to heed your English teacher's advice on most other matters, The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate proves that breaking certain rules can make written and spoken language that much livelier, adding much-needed color, style, and adornment. With this addition to the popular Highly Selective series, the "golden" adjective, at last, gets the star treatment it deserves. From adventitious to zaftig, renowned lexicographer Eugene Ehrlich has collected more than 850 of the most interesting and engaging adjectives in the English language and has provided concise definitions and instructive usage examples. Whether you're a writer, a speaker, or a word buff, this compendious, trenchant, laudable, and all-around fantabulous volume will help you put panache back into your prose.

The Thinker s Thesaurus Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words Expanded Third Edition

  • Filename: the-thinker-s-thesaurus-sophisticated-alternatives-to-common-words-expanded-third-edition.
  • ISBN: 9780393338973
  • Release Date: 2015-08-03
  • Number of pages: 720
  • Author: Peter E. Meltzer
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

With over twenty percent more material, a must for any lover of distinctive words. This entertaining and informative reference features sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses’ mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word—whether it’s protrepic, apostrophize, iracund, or emulous—in context by using examples from a broad range of contemporary books, periodicals, and newspapers. His new introduction makes the case for why we should widen our vocabulary and use the one right word. This groundbreaking thesaurus remains a unique venture, one that enriches your writing while helping you find the perfect word.

Les Bon Mots

  • Filename: les-bon-mots.
  • ISBN: 0805058109
  • Release Date: 1998-09-15
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Macmillan

Defines French phrases and aphorisms both literally and colloquially, and provides a guide to their pronunciation.

mental floss presents Instant Knowledge

  • Filename: mental-floss-presents-instant-knowledge.
  • ISBN: 0061747661
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Editors of Mental Floss
  • Publisher: Zondervan

Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world, Instant Knowledge will jumpstart riveting exchanges at cocktail parties, the watercooler, or any powwow. To experience the clean, rich flavor at home, just tear into a topic of your choice, and add conversation. It's that simple!

The International Thesaurus of Quotations

  • Filename: the-international-thesaurus-of-quotations.
  • ISBN: 9780062733733
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 1016
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

An updated edition of the bestselling reference contains 16,000 quotations and proverbs, indexed by category, key word, and author.

The Synonym Finder

  • Filename: the-synonym-finder.
  • ISBN: 9781623367596
  • Release Date: 2016-04-22
  • Number of pages: 1361
  • Author: J.I. Rodale
  • Publisher: Rodale

Originally published in 1961 by the founder of Rodale Press, The Synonym Finder continues to be a practical reference tool for every home and office. This thesaurus contains more than 1 million synonyms, arranged alphabetically, with separate subdivisions for the different parts of speech and meanings of the same word.

What s in a Name

  • Filename: what-s-in-a-name.
  • ISBN: 9781466863200
  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

A fun and informative guide to the how and why of proper names and their haphazard entry into common English language by the author of the bestselling Amo, Amas, Amat and More. Mining the English language to turn up a colorful cast of characters, Eugene Ehrlich finds the historic and literary figures who have given their names to the English language in the interest of keeping it vibrant and their names alive. In What's in a Name? Ehrlich traces the history of eponymous words and their progenitors, illuminating the legacy of Louis Braille, inventor of the system of embossed printing for the blind; the verbal acrobatics of Baron Munchausen; the sadism of the Marquis de Sade; and much more. What's in a Name? will amuse and enlighten word buffs, history lovers, and trivia pursuers alike as Ehrlich, in his inimitable way, uncovers an exhaustive assemblage of characters who have left an indelible mark on the English language.

You ve Got Ketchup on Your Muumuu

  • Filename: you-ve-got-ketchup-on-your-muumuu.
  • ISBN: 9781466863194
  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

From one of America's top wordsmiths, a lively survey of words from abroad that make English a truly international language. With dry wit and remarkable erudition, Eugene Ehrlich's You've Got Ketchup on Your Muumuu takes us on an eye-opening tour of our ever-changing language, showing us how English has, throughout its history, seamlessly sewn words from other languages into its original fabric. The language we call our own has in fact been culled from the languages of ancient invaders, such as the Romans, the Angles, the Saxons, the Jutes, and the French. Ehrlich's comprehensive research and vast lingual experience bring to light the origins of some of our most popular and well-used words. For example, graffiti is shown to come from the Italian word meaning "scratches." The word for one of our favorite French pastries, éclair, means "lightning flash." And ketchup comes from the Chinese Ke-Jap, which means "fish sauce." Ehrlich illuminates the origins, purposes, and meanings of once-foreign words that have become part of the rich texture of our language.

Les Bons Mots

  • Filename: les-bons-mots.
  • ISBN: 9781466853195
  • Release Date: 2013-09-17
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Eugene Ehrlich
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Les Bons Mots will help you add the piece de resistance to any conversation. Les Bons Mots is an eminently browsable reference that is designed to help English speakers use those witty and wise sayings for which the French are so justly famous. Eugene Ehrlich has created a reference work that defines French phrases and aphorisms both literally and colloquially; employs a unique and foolproof guide to their pronunciation; adds a brief and often amusing explanation that fixes each phrase in the reader's mind; and indexes everything so extensively that each idea is easy to find. An entertaining read as well as an impeccable reference guide by one of America's most cherished wordsmiths.

Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors

  • Filename: bryson-s-dictionary-for-writers-and-editors.
  • ISBN: 9781407094397
  • Release Date: 2012-06-30
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Random House

What is the difference between cant and jargon, or assume and presume? What is a fandango? How do you spell supersede? Is it hippy or hippie? These questions really matter to Bill Bryson, as they do to anyone who cares about the English language. Originally published as The Penguin Dictionary for Writers and Editors, Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors has now been completely revised and updated for the twenty-first century by Bill Bryson himself. Here is a very personal selection of spellings and usages, covering such head-scratchers as capitalization, plurals, abbreviations and foreign names and phrases. Bryson also gives us the difference between British and American usages, and miscellaneous pieces of essential information you never knew you needed, like the names of all the Oxford colleges, or the correct spelling of Brobdingnag. An indispensable companion to all those who write, work with the written word, or who just enjoy getting things right, it gives rulings that are both authoritative and commonsense, all in Bryson's own inimitably goodhumoured way.


  • Filename: outliers.
  • ISBN: 9780316040341
  • Release Date: 2008-11-18
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

In this stunning bestseller, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he reveals the secrets of software billionaires like Bill Gates, why you've never heard of the smartest man in the world, why almost no star hockey players are born in the fall, why Asians are good at math, what made the Beatles the greatest rock band and, why, when it comes to plane crashes, where the pilots are from matters as much as how well they are trained. The lives of outliers follow a peculiar and unexpected logic, and in uncovering that logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating blueprint for making the most of human potential--one that transforms the way we understand success.

The Word Museum

  • Filename: the-word-museum.
  • ISBN: 0743214943
  • Release Date: 2001-02-28
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Jeffrey Kacirk
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ENTER A GALLERY OF WIT AND WHIMSY As the largest and most dynamic collection of words ever assembled, the English language continues to expand. But as hundreds of new words are added annually, older ones are sacrificed. Now from the author of Forgotten English comes a collection of fascinating archaic words and phrases, providing an enticing glimpse into the past. With beguiling period illustrations, The Word Museum offers up the marvelous oddities and peculiar enchantments of old and unusual words.

There s a Word for It Revised Edition

  • Filename: there-s-a-word-for-it-revised-edition.
  • ISBN: 9781416510864
  • Release Date: 2005-07-05
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Charles Harrington Elster
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A mischievous and madcap expedition through the depths of the unabridged dictionary promises hilarious word fun for language enthusiasts as it describes a variety of unusual words and their definitions, including such colorful vocabulary as Borborygmus, Colpocoquette, Dishabillophonia, and Snarge. Reissue. 15,000 first printing.

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