Hubert Van Den Bergh - Author

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Hubert van den Bergh has worked in the City for the past decade. A language enthusiast, he read French and Linguistics at Oxford University. He is the author of How to Sound Clever (A&C Black, 2010) and regularly contributes to The Telegraph.

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How to Sound Really Clever 600 Words You Need to Know

How to Sound Really Clever 600 Words You Need to Know

Author: Hubert Van Den Bergh Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Outfoxed by words like condign, Zelig-like and agitprop? Unsure of the true meanings of nonplussed, disinterested and gauntlet? How to Sound Really Clever explains over 600 words that you really ought to know but haven't had time to look up in the dictionary. In this sequel to the bestselling How to Sound Clever, author Hubert van den Bergh brings together more words that have made him raise an admiring eyebrow when hearing them trip off other people's tongues, or smile when seeing them in newsprint. The stories behind the everyday words that pepper this book may surprise you - like that behind pastiche (and why it derives from the Italian for `piecrust') - and will help you clear up those linguistic riddles that no one around a dinner table ever seems to be able to explain.

How to Sound Cultured Master The 250 Names That Intellectuals Love To Drop Into Conversation

How to Sound Cultured Master The 250 Names That Intellectuals Love To Drop Into Conversation

Author: Hubert van den Bergh, Thomas W. Hodgkinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

'Damn, all my cheating secrets revealed. In book form' Stephen Fry Which philosopher had the maddest hairstyle? Which novelist drank 50 cups of black coffee every day? What on earth did Simone de Beauvoir see in Jean-Paul Sartre? How to Sound Cultured offers a wry and yet profoundly useful look inside the mirrored palaces of high culture. Covering such inscrutable characters as Heidegger, Montaigne, Kahlo and Levi-Strauss (apparently not just a designer of jeans), inscrutable polymaths Thomas W. Hodgkinson and Hubert van den Bergh - the author of the acclaimed How to Sound Clever - have done the hard work of sorting the cultural wheat from the chaff. Read this book and you'll never again mistake Rimbaud for Rambo or Georg Lukacs for George Lucas, you'll know precisely when to drop Foucault's name into a conversation and how to pronounce `Borgesian', and you'll learn many more essential pointers for the intellectual life.

How to Sound Cultured Master The 250 Names That Intellectuals Love To Drop Into Conversation

How to Sound Cultured Master The 250 Names That Intellectuals Love To Drop Into Conversation

Author: Hubert van den Bergh, Thomas W. Hodgkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

'Damn, all my cheating secrets revealed. In book form' Stephen Fry Which philosopher had the maddest hairstyle? Which novelist drank 50 cups of black coffee every day? What on earth did Simone de Beauvoir see in Jean-Paul Sartre? How to Sound Cultured offers a wry and yet profoundly useful look inside the mirrored palaces of high culture. Covering such inscrutable characters as Heidegger, Montaigne, Kahlo and Levi-Strauss (apparently not just a designer of jeans), inscrutable polymaths Thomas W. Hodgkinson and Hubert van den Bergh - the author of the acclaimed How to Sound Clever - have done the hard work of sorting the cultural wheat from the chaff. Read this book and you'll never again mistake Rimbaud for Rambo or Georg Lukacs for George Lucas, you'll know precisely when to drop Foucault's name into a conversation and how to pronounce `Borgesian', and you'll learn many more essential pointers for the intellectual life.

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