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The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate (Highly Selective Reference) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Between TV talk shows, radio call-in programs, email and the Internet, spontaneous-talk media has skyrocketed in the '90s. People are interacting more frequently and more fervently than ever before, turning the English language into an indecipherable mess. Now, this unique and concise compendium presents the most confused and misused words in the language today -- words misused by careless speakers and writers everywhere. It defines, discerns and distinguishes the finer points of sense and meaning. Was it fortuitous or only fortunate? Are you trying to remember, or more fully recollect? Is he uninterested or disinterested? Is it healthful or healthy, regretful or regrettable, notorious or infamous? The answers to these and many more fascinating etymological questions can be found within the pages of this invaluable (or is it valuable?) reference.
Readers, writers, wordsmiths, verbivores, and logophiles will delight in the clutter-free pages of The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate from renowned lexicographer and author Eugene Ehrlich. Forgoing everyday English words and their definitions, The Highly Selective Dictionary presents only the most interesting words and their concise definitions, and includes short discussions for words most often confused and misused by today's speakers and writers. More than 3,500 of the most affecting, engaging, and engrossing words, from abecedarian to zucchetto - complete with pronunciation guides - make this a book you can dip in and out of, with serendipitous results every time.
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Amazon.com: 55 reviews
10 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
There are three word books, sort of a series, that I know of by Ehrlich. A 'Selective Dictionary', 'Selective Thesaurus' and this one, Golden Adjectives. I read all three straight through (though the entries are formatted alphabetically.) You'll learn some new words for sure, most of which you should never allow yourself to be caught dead using.
For avid writers and readers alike
4 June 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Looking for the word to compliment and express your thought, this is your book. For avid writers and readers of subjects that require a life jacket when reading because the material is so deep, having this by your side rather than reenacting the Scooby Doo "Huh" is a must.
13 July 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Great reference for writers!!
A Great Dictionary
9 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
A great dictionary. There are a lot of dictionaries that will give you the definition of words. THis one is more for the unusual words that you might hear during the day or read in a new book. I foiund it to be a ggreat source of information that is sometimes hard to find
Words I never knew existed!
12 November 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
there are adjectives in here that modify nouns to EXACTLY the color you want!!
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