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The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart

1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use

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Be the life of every highbrow cocktail party—just by mastering the deliciously obscure terms in The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart.

This book is a tongue-in-cheek guide to words that any well-educated, witty person should be able to drop into cocktail conversation. You are encouraged to toss off words such as “disestablishmentarianism,” “descant,” and “autodidactic”—words that will make the user sound learned, intellectual, and wise. For those who want to improve the quality and sophistication of their speech and writing, this is the book to keep on the nightstand.

Robert W. Bly, a full-time freelance writer since 1982, is the author of over eighty-five books, including The Ultimate Unauthorized Star Trek Quiz Book and The Science in Science Fiction. Bly holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester and has published more than one hundred articles in numerous periodicals, including Cosmopolitan and Writer’s Digest.

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