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Ever wanted to use the word napiform (adj. having the shape of a turnip) in a sentence? Mention that a friend is acting like a hotspur (n. a rah, impetuous person)? Describe the fanfaronade (n. boasting talk; bravado; bluster) of a colleague?Here are all the great words the most articulate writers use and you wished you knew--gathered together to help you make your explanations, arguments, descriptions, and narratives tronger and more interesting. These are words you might read in newspapers and books or hear in literate conversation, distilled in one clear, useful reference. You may recognize them or have a vague sense of their meaning or understand them but not be able to use them with confidence. This book compiles these terms for you to browse, reference, learn, and use to enhance your vocabulary and ease communication in reading, writing, and conversation. A wide vocabulary is an arsenal that marshals your ideas and generates powerful arguments. What's the word I'm looking for? is a common lament. Here you find the words that perfectly convey your message concisely and accurately. And the words are fun. We all know the definitions of common words, but a flip through this book will reveal a wide array of terms that you will want to write down, memorize and use to clarify and fortify your message.
The New York Times is regarded as the world's preeminent newspaper. Its news coverage is known for its exceptional depth and breadth, with reporting bureaus throughout the United States and in 26 foreign countries. Winner of 112 Pulitzer Prizes, The Times has the largest circulation of any seven-day newspaper in the U.S.
Laurence Urdang is a professional lexicographer whose interest in words and language is undiminished after almost 40 years' exposure to dictionaries of all kinds. His magnum opus was the unabridged edition of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language.