Vocabulary For Dummies

Paperback / softback by Laurie E. Rozakis

Have an interest in words? From the meaning of prefixes and suffixes to word origins and trivia, this book can help you build your vocabulary 

Someone just called you captious. Should you be flattered? Considering your extreme lactose intolerance, is it a good idea to order veau au béchamel from a French menu? Calumny is to slander as obloquy is to a) flattery, b) sermon, or c) invective? You’ve just heard that your new boss is a real martinet. Should you be worried or excited about this new addition to your workplace? Your partner says you have no élan; does that mean you’re all out of yogurt? Starting to wish you’d paid more attention in English class? Don’t worry, it’s never too late to develop a million-dollar vocabulary—and Vocabulary For Dummies offers you a fast, fun, and easy way to do it. 

Whether you’re preparing for standardized tests, or you want to feel more knowledgeable at work or more comfortable in social situations, this book is for you. In no time you’ll: 

  • Dramatically expand your vocabulary 
  • Speak with style 
  • Write with panache 
  • Make a better impression at work or school 
  • Dine out with confidence 
  • Have the right words for formal occasions and ethnic events 
  • Get more out of what you read 

Vocabulary For Dummies doesn’t overwhelm you with endless word lists. Instead, it gives you a complete vocabulary-building program that familiarizes you with words from all areas of life as they’re used in context—from bar mitzvahs to business meetings, PCs to politics—with a host of fun features, including: 

  • Word tables organized by common features, such as language of origin, professional or social contexts, similarities, and more 
  • Sample conversations that incorporate new terms and define related ones 
  • Before-and-After examples that show how to replace old, general terms with new, specific vocabulary 
  • Pointers that reinforce understanding with examples of correct and incorrect usage 
  • Chapters on terms from finance, law, medicine, eating and shopping, history and mythology, various languages, and more 

Vocabulary For Dummies makes it easier than ever for you to learn difficult words that impress your friends and coworkers. Grab your own copy and get ahead at school, at work, and in life.  

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Format: Paperback / softback, 360 pages Language: English
Dimension: 188 x 20 x 236mm ISBN10: 0764553933
Weight: 535g ISBN13: 9780764553936
Publication Date: 01 Dec 2001 Publisher: Wiley


Laurie E. Rozakis, PhD, teaches English at the State University of New York, Farmingdale, and is the author of more than 100 books.


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