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May 17 , 2008

Smart Words

Vocabulary for the Erudite


How and where to use 500 of the words that make you sound more cultured, worldly, and downright smart.
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Whoever said sounding smart had to be painful? It?s all in how you acquire the ?ten-dollar words? of English. Smart Words makes fast and smooth learning of words such as prelapsarian,sedulous, sybaritic and draconian. How? By sticking to ultra-simple definitions, then offering a memorable?and often funny? description of when or why to use the word. A sample sentence shows you how. And the phonetics are a snap.
Here?s the description of sybaritic, defined as luxurious: ?Make that luxurious with a capital S. The word got its start from Sybaris, an ancient Greek city known for being a tad over the top in the pamper-me department.?

Whether you?re a word lover, a fan of quirky reference books, or simply in need of a vocabulary makeover, Smart Words will help you be smart(er) about the words you use and the way you use them.

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