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Well-Spoken Thesaurus

ISBN: 9781402243059

By: Tom Heehler

Published: 02/15/2011

The Ultimate Guide to Powerful Language

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The Ultimate Guide to Powerful Language
If you’ve ever fumbled while trying to use a big word* to impress a crowd, you know what it’s like to* be poorly spoken. The fear of mispronouncing or misusing complex words is real and leaves many of us consigned to the lower levels* of the English Language.
The secret to eloquence, however, lies in simplicity—the ability to use ordinary words in extraordinary ways.
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, replacing the ordinary with the extraordinary. While a common thesaurus provides only synonyms as mere word-for-word equivalents, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is filled with* dynamic reinventions of standard words and phrases.

*lofty word, pretentious word
*know what it is to
*lower reaches, lower echelons
*awash in, instilled with, dense with, rich in

About the Author

Tom Heehler

Tom Heehler is a degree student at the Harvard University Extension School and creator of Fluent in Five Languages, the free online language course where students learn to speak four languages simultaneously - French, Italian, Spanish, and Romanian. You can find this novel approach to language acquisition at FreeLanguageCourses.Blogspot.com.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments         vii
On Becoming Articulate      1
Rhetorical Form and Design       5
Lesson 1: T. S  Eliot       6
Lesson 2: Margaret Atwood      9
Lesson 3: Ernest Hemingway     11
Lesson 4: Cormac McCarthy     14
Lesson 5: John Steinbeck       16
Lesson 6: Norman Mailer       18
Lesson 7: Edith Wharton       20
Lesson 8: E. B. White      22
Lesson 9: J. M. Coetzee        24
Lesson 10: John Steinbeck      26
Lesson 11: Barbara Kingsolver       28
Lesson 12: Joshua Ferris        30
Lesson 13: Ken Kesey      32
Lesson 14: Martin Luther King, Jr     34
Lesson 15: Henry James        36
Lesson 16: Barack Obama       39
Lesson 17: Cintra Wilson       41
The Well-Spoken Vocabulary     43
The Seven Rhetorical Sins       47
How This Book Works       51
Preamble        53
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus      55
200 Well-Spoken Alternatives to Common Words and Phrases        384
About the Author       392

Excerpt

On Becoming Articulate

Why Should You Care?

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“This is your guide to eloquence — replacing ordinary words with extraordinary ones that take your writing to new heights. ” - Gotham Writer’s Workshop...

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 22.00 oz
Page Count: 400 pages

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