Verbal Advantage

Ten Easy Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Random House Reference

ISBN: 030756097X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

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First time in book form! A successful program for teaching 3,500 vocabulary words that successful people need to know, based on America's #1 bestselling audio vocabulary series. "People judge you by the words you use." Millions of Americans know this phrase from radio and print advertising for the Verbal Advantage audio series, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Now this bestselling information is available for the first time in book form, in an easy-to-follow, graduated vocabulary building program that teaches an outstanding vocabulary in just ten steps. Unlike other vocabulary books, Verbal Advantage 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. A 10-step vocabulary program teaches 500 key words and 3,000 synonyms. Lively, accessible writing from an expert author and radio personality. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Verbal Advantage

10 Easy Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Random House Reference

ISBN: 9780375709326

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 459

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A language reference based on the best-selling audio vocabulary series introduces 3,500 key vocabulary words, offering an easy-to-follow vocabulary-building program that provides concise explanations of definitions, etymologies, usage, pronunciation, and more. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Word Workout

Building a Muscular Vocabulary in 10 Easy Steps

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250020891

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

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Word Workout is a practical book for building vocabulary—a graduated program featuring thousands of words that begins with those known by most college graduates and ascends to words known only by the most educated, intelligent, and well-read adults. This workout is a comprehensive program, chock-full of information about synonyms, antonyms, and word origins, and replete with advice on proper usage and pronunciation. There are also creative review quizzes at each step of the way to measure your progress and reinforce learning. Unlike other vocabulary books, Word Workout provides a complete learning experience with clear explanations and surefire methods to retain new knowledge. Far more than a cram session for a standardized test, this book is designed as a lifetime vocabulary builder, featuring words used by the top tier of literate Americans, laid out in ten accessible chapters designed for anyone who is looking for some serious verbal exercise. From "avowal" to "proselytize," from "demagogue" to "mendicant," Charles Harrington 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.

What in the Word?

Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to the Peskiest Questions about Language

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156031974

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 286

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Presents a compendium of English-language conundrums, sharing word and phrase origins, slang terms, and usage secrets in a question-and-answer format, in a volume complemented by original brain teasers, literary trivia, and word puzzles.

The Accidents of Style

Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429912808

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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Fasten your seat belt for a crash course in careful usage.... Just like automobile accidents, accidents of style occur all over the English-speaking world, in print and on the Internet, thousands of times every day. They range from minor fender benders, such as confusing their and there, to serious smashups, such as misusing sensual for sensuous or writing loathe when you mean loath. Charles Harrington Elster shows you how to navigate the hairpin turns of grammar, diction, spelling, and punctuation with an entertaining driver's manual covering 350 common word hazards and infractions, arranged in order of complexity for writers of all levels. Elster illustrates these surprisingly common accidents with quotations from numerous print and online publications, many of them highly regarded---which perhaps should make us feel better: If the horrendous redundancy close proximity and the odious construction what it is, is have appeared in The New York Times, maybe our own accidents will be forgiven. But that shouldn't keep us from aspiring to accident-free writing and speaking. If you want to get on the road to writing well, The Accidents of Style will help you drive home what you want to say.

There's a Word for It (Revised Edition)

A Grandiloquent Guide to Life

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416510869

Category: Education

Page: 272

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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.

The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations

The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618423156

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 522

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This guide to the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language is revised and expanded with one hundred new entries including words like al-Qaeda, machismo, curriculum vitae, and Pulitzer.

How to Build a Better Vocabulary

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Author: Maxwell Nurnberg,Morris Rosenblum

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9780446315067

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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This is the entrancingly entertaining yet amazingly effective guide that shows you how to know the meaning of words that you have never seen or heard before, learn the history of words so that they come alive for you, master an invaluable and permanent technique of word-viewing within 30 days. This is the one book that makes you love to learn.

Tooth and Nail

A Novel Approach to the SAT

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster,Joseph Elliot

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547545894

Category: Study Aids

Page: 368

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An SAT and ACT vocabulary-building program in the lively form of a mystery novel. Now students who take these entrance exams can learn more than 1,300 vocabulary words, improve reading comprehension, and enjoy a good story all at the same time. Includes exercises, glossary with page references.

Better Vocabulary in 30 Minutes a Day

Easyread Large Bold Edition

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Author: Edie Schwager

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1427097151

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Word Power Made Easy

The Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary

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Author: Norman Lewis

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307817490

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

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The most effective vocabulary builder in the English language provides a simple, step-by-step method that will increase your knowledge and mastery of written and spoken English. Word Power Made Easy does more than just add words to your vocabulary. It teaches ideas and a method of broadening your knowledge as an integral part of the vocabulary building process. Do you always use the right word? Can you pronounce it—and spell it—correctly? Do you know how to avoid illiterate expressions? Do you speak grammatically, without embarrassing mistakes? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you need Word Power Made Easy. Written in a lively, accessible, and timeless style, and loaded with helpful reviews, progress checks, and quizzes to reinforce the material, this classic resource has helped millions learn to speak and write with confidence.

McGraw-Hill Education 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL, 2nd Edition

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Author: Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz,Lawrence Zwier

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071827587

Category: Study Aids

Page: 224

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We want to help you score high on the TOEFL We've put all of our proven expertise into McGraw-Hill Education: 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL, 2nd Edition, to make sure you're fully prepared for this difficult exam. With this updated and expanded guide, you'll get essential skill-building techniques and strategies created by leading ESL educators. You'll also get 410 commonly tested words, more than 150 activities and exercises, and a free Language Lab app to help you study. With McGraw-Hill Education: 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL, we'll guide you step by step through the essential vocabulary--and give you the tools you need to improve your score on the TOEFL. This edition includes: More than 400 important words for the TOEFL, with the addition of a new chapter Example sentences, usage tips, and commonly used parts of speech related to the word A TOEFL-style reading with exercises for each chapter A free Language Lab app with flashcard vocabulary quizzes

Word Smart, 5th Edition

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Author: Princeton Review

Publisher: Princeton Review

ISBN: 0307945030

Category: Study Aids

Page: 400

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Let your vocabulary speak for itself. Knowing which words to use and how to use them is key to communicating accurately and effectively. That’s why more than one million people have used Word Smart to improve their vocabularies! This updated 5th edition defines and explains more than 1,400 need-to-know vocabulary words. To create this book, the Princeton Review analyzed newspapers from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, magazines from Time to Scientific American, and books from current bestsellers to classics. We also combed through the SAT and other standardized tests to determine which words are tested most frequently. We sifted out the words that most people know, and focused on words that most people misunderstand or misuse. This updated edition of Word Smart is linked for easy e-reader navigation, and gives you the most important words you need to know to get better grades, score higher on tests, and communicate more confidently at work. WORD SMART, 5th EDITION include more than 1,400 words covering: • Common usage errors • The most frequently tested words on standardized tests • Foreign phrases and abbreviations • Terms you need to know to understand finance, science, and the arts

How to Tell Fate from Destiny

And Other Skillful Word Distinctions

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Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1328583236

Category: Reference

Page: 320

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If you have trouble distinguishing the verbs imitate and emulate, the relative pronouns that and which, or the adjectives pliant, pliable, and supple, never fear—How to Tell Fate from Destiny is here to help! With more than 500 headwords, the book is replete with advice on how to differentiate commonly confused words and steer clear of verbal trouble. Whether you’re a boomer, a Gen-Xer, or a millennial, if you peruse, browse, or even skim these spindrift pages you will (not shall) become versed in the fine art of differentiation. You will learn, for example, ■ how to tell whether you suffer from pride, vanity, or hubris ■ how to tell whether you’re contagious or infectious ■ how to tell if you’re pitiful or pitiable ■ how to tell if you’re self-centered or self-absorbed ■ how to live an ethical life in a moral universe

Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder

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Author: Mary W. Cornog

Publisher: Merriam Webster Mass Market

ISBN: 9780877798552

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 712

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The ideal book for people who want to increase their word power. Focuses on more than 1,000 vocabulary words and introduces nearly 2,000 more—all organised by root for effective study. Includes quizzes to test progress.

Vocabulary Cartoons II

Building an Educated Vocabulary With Sight And Sound Memory AIDS

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Author: Max Burchers,Bryan Burchers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780965242264

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 341

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More Vocabulary Cartoons! Due to the success of Vocabulary Cartoons, SAT Word Power, our staff went back to work and cranked out another 290 SAT level words with the same zany mnemonic cartoons and rhyming words that made the first edition so popular. If you already have the first edition and are craving more vocabulary mnemonics, this book is for you. Contains 29 review quizzes with matching and fill in the blank problems.

1,000 Most Important Words

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Author: Norman W. Schur

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780345298638

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 245

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Defines, describes the etymology, and provides examples in context for essential vocabulary words

How to Write a Sentence

And How to Read One

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Author: Stanley Fish

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062006851

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.” —Roy Blount Jr. “Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.” —Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.