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The Instant Intellectual: The Quick & Easy Guide to Sounding Smart & Cultured

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Publisher Comments:

"Malcolm is going through a little Sturm und Drang right now, but once he pulls out le mot juste, those sneerers will drop the schadenfreude".

Confronted with a sentence like this, most of us have two options: nod blankly or wince painfully. Sure, we're supposed to know what terms like pas de deux, laissez-faire, and uebermensch — but for some reason or other, we just don't.

The Instant Intellectual is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to sound sophisticated and informed and who appreciates a little chuckle. With more than 200 foreign phrases, Latin terms, idiomatic expressions, and literary references, it's everything you need to acquire a cultured vocabulary. It's accessible, handy, and fun — including phonetic spellings and on-the-nose explanations.

sui generis: (soo-ee-jen-er-is) Of its own kind, unique. There's nothing else like it. They broke the mold when they made that one. The pop star David Bowie is sui generis. So was Liberace.

Truly sui generis, The Instant Intellectual will give your conversation punch, make your arguments more convincing, help you enjoy the nuances of books, films, and lectures and — best of all — let you beat the language snobs at their own game.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786863761
Subtitle:
The Quick & Easy Guide to Sounding Smart & Cultured
Author:
Vincent, Norah
Author:
Conway, Chad
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Vocabulary
Subject:
Terms and phrases
Subject:
Dictionaries - Synonyms/Antonyms
Subject:
Dictionaries - Idioms & Slang
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
May 1998
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
6.57x5.58x.87 in. .60 lbs.

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