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How to Sound Clever Master the 600 English Words You Pretend to Understand...When You Don't by Hubert Van Den Bergh
  

How to Sound Clever Master the 600 English Words You Pretend to Understand...When You Don't

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600 words you think you know the meaning of but most probably don’t and misuse. Salubrious and desultory were surprises, even in the Lovereading office. Avoid all future embarrassments by getting the book today. A simply brilliant book that will be loved by anyone who loves, or purports to, the English language.

A 'Piece of Passion' from Sophia Blackwell, Bloomsbury Publishing...

'These witty reference books for logophiles are an important part of the Bloomsbury list, and 'How to Sound Clever' strikes the perfect balance between light-hearted and informative. We look forward very much to publishing Hubert's next book, How to Sound Really Clever, out later this year.'

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A fun way to expand your vocabulary there’s nothing more cringe making than trying to impress and getting your words wrong. Wordsmith, Hubert van den Bergh provides 600 of the more obscure English words that can be used to impress, astound and stand out from the crowd! He gives context and examples so you won’t become a laughing stock but if you want to Sound Really Clever, then you will have to wait until the Autumn for the sequel.

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How to Sound Clever Master the 600 English Words You Pretend to Understand...When You Don't by Hubert Van Den Bergh

How to Sound Clever explains the etymology of 600 key words you really ought to know, but haven't had the time to look up in the dictionary. Each entry features an etymological description as well as useful example phrases so that readers can quickly see the correct context for each word. Anecdotes and witty illustrations appear throughout to make a book that is entertaining and will help the reader to boost their vocabulary.

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'This admirable book is a wholly welcome antidote to the semi-demi-literacy of the 21st century. Go out and buy it!'
Colin Dexter

'Van den Bergh has produced a volume of words we all use, nod at and try to explain to other people - all with too little knowledge of their real meaning. It is time to claim back a semblance of literacy with this sublime lexicon.'
The Field (December 2010)

About the Author

Hubert Van Den Bergh

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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Publication date

11th April 2013

Author

Hubert Van Den Bergh

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Publisher

A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
224 pages

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9781408194560

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