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The Well-Spoken Thesaurus: The Most Powerful Ways to Say Everyday Words and Phrasesby Tom Heehler
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The Ultimate Guide to Powerful Language
If you've ever fumbled while trying to use a large foreign word to impress a crowd, you know that it's difficult* to be well- spoken. The fear* of mispronouncing big words or placing them in the wrong context is strong* enough to keep many people from employing complex words and phrases on a regular basis. But whether you're speaking or writing, every word you use is important and can define who you are and shape the way you are viewed.
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, replacing ordinary words with extraordinary ones. While a common thesaurus provides only synonyms as mere word-for-word equivalents, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is filled with* dynamic reinventions of standard words and phrases.
* daunting, trying, arduous
* angst, dread, worry, apprehension
* penetrating, robust, unwavering
* awash in, instilled with, dense with, rich in
Book News Annotation:
In this unconventional, easy-to-use thesaurus, Heehler, a degree student at the Harvard Extension School, invites the reader to speak like an academic without sounding like one. Written in accessible yet sophisticated language, the book offers 17 lessons on rhetorical form and design, using the writing techniques and rhetorical formulas of 17 writers and speakers, including Ken Kesey, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, T. S. Eliot, Cormac McCarthy, and Barack Obama. Techniques covered include the conversion of the figurative, verb displacement, poetic articles, and creative prepositions. Readers are steered from the seven rhetorical sins (melodrama, needlessness, cliché, pretension, craftiness, perkiness, and wordiness) with particularly odious examples. Entries on common words and phrases in the thesaurus section provide not just synonyms, but more powerful words, which the author calls powernyms, illustrated with example boxes. A list of 200 well-spoken alternatives to common words and phrases rounds out the reference. Heehler is the creator of a free online language course called Fluent in Five Languages. Annotation Â©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Try not to serve vichyssoise to a coal miner or Cheerios to the Queen of England. Neither will be amused." Such is the philosophy of linguist Tom Heehler, a man who knows that when it comes to vocabulary, bigger isn't always better. A most uncommon reference, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, replacing ordinary words with extraordinary ones. For example, as replacements for "absolutely," Roget's thesaurus lists several adverbs-"extremely," "exactly," "perfectly"; The Well- Spoken Thesaurus provides both words and phrases-"categorically," "without question," "by any measure"-that offer greater flexibility in shaping a potent, poetic sentence.
A most uncommon reference, "The Well-Spoken Thesaurus" is a reader's guide toeloquence, replacing ordinary words with extraordinary ones, and offering themost powerful ways to say everyday words and phrases.
The Ultimate Guide to Powerful Language
If you've ever fumbled while trying to use a big word* to impress a crowd, you know what it's like to* be poorly spoken. The fear of mispronouncing or misusing complex words is real and leaves many of us consigned to the lower levels* of the English Language.
The secret to eloquence, however, lies in simplicity-the ability to use ordinary words in extraordinary ways.
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, replacing the ordinary with the extraordinary. While a common thesaurus provides only synonyms as mere word-for-word equivalents, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is filled with* dynamic reinventions of standard words and phrases.
*lofty word, pretentious word
*know what it is to
*lower reaches, lower echelons
*awash in, instilled with, dense with, rich in
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