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Vocabulary for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764553933
ISBN-13: 9780764553936
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Someone just called you captious. Should you be flattered? Considering your extreme lactose intolerance, is it a good idea to order veau au bchamel 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 an attractive new addition to your workplace? Your boyfriend says you have no lan, is he telling you 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 facing 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 a 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 incorporate new terms and define related ones Before-and-After examples show how to replace old, general terms with new specific vocabulary Pointers 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 get a handle on difficult words and get ahead at school, at work, and in life.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Special Features
How This Book is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting your Bearings
Figuring Out How Words Work
Getting an Idea of a Good Vocabulary
Reaping Vocabulary's Rewards
Trying to Make Sense of the English Language
Improving Your Vocabulary the Easy Way
Building Your Vocabulary
Playing to Improve Your Vocabulary
Reading Up on Words
Boosting Your Vocabulary for Standardized Tests
Pronouncing Words Correctly
Exercising Your New Vocabulary
Picking Up Meaning
Reading Between the Lines
Being an Armchair Detective
Deciphering Words with Multiple Meanings
Using the Right Word
Choosing Your Words
Digging into Diction
Bringing Home the Bacon: Idioms
Abbreviating Acronyms
Mastering the Basics
Getting to the Root of the Matter
Tending to Word Roots
Getting Scientific with Greek Roots
Cultivating Latin Roots
Starting Off with Prefixes
Going to the Head of the Word
Seeing Prefixes Everywhere: De-, Re-, In-, Un-, and Pre-
Eyeing Other Common Prefixes
Sailing through Greek Prefixes
Pursuing Prefixes from Latin
Adding In Anglo-Saxon Prefixes
Acting Like a Prefix: Words that Do Double Duty
Ending Well: Suffixes
Meeting the Most Often Used Suffixes
Expanding Your Suffix Collection
Putting Suffixes to Work
Expanding your Base
Shading Meaning: Synonyms, Antonyms, Connotations, Denotations
Distilling Synonym Essentials
Analyzing Antonyms
Understanding Subtext: Connotation and Denotation
Hear Your Homonyms and Homophones Here
Differentiating Homonyms and Homophones (In Case You're Curious)
Dealing with Homonyms and Homophones
Making a Lo-o-o-ng List
Having Fun with Homonyms
Compounding Words
Presenting Compound Basics
Using Compounds to Build Your Vocabulary
Compounding a Few, Final Words
Romancing English: Words from French, Spanish, and Italian
Ooo La La! English Words from French
Ole! Words from Spanish
Living la Dolce Vita: Words from Italian
Borrowing from the Neighbors: Words from Other Languages
Liking Latin
Talking Blarney: Words from the Irish and Scots
Oy Vey! English Words from Yiddish
Dressing Up with Words from Arabic
Lapping Up Words from Other Lands
Getting Savvy with Vocabulary
Trying Your Skills on Standardized Tests
Assembling the Skills You Need
Getting Familiar with the Types of Test Questions
Incorporating General Test Prep Tips
Taking Care of Business Vocabulary
Talking on Company Time
Mastering Jargon
Mutterings on Money Matters
Managing Your Money Day to Day
Investigating Investment Terms
Talking about Markets
Taxing Terms
Speaking Legales
Mastering Legal Terms
Hailing the Chief: Words about Government
Doctoring Your Words: Medical Terms
Talking about Your Body
Choosing a Specialist
Determining What Ails You
Decoding Medical Lingo
Acquiring Shopping and Eating Language
Cashing In with Collectibles
Dressing for Success: Terms for Clothes
Chowing Down: Terms for Food
Expanding the Language: Recent Additions
Combining Old Words to Make New Words
New Words Galore: Neologisms
Exploring Words from Real and Mythical People and Places
What's in a Name? A Lot When It's an Eponym!
Words from Places: Toponyms
Talking with Words from Animals
Words from Myths and Literature
The Part of Tens
Don't Go There: Language to Avoid
Ageist Vocabulary
Bureaucratic Language
Doublespeak
Empty Words
Inflated Language
Euphemisms
Language Biased Against the Handicapped
Jargon
Racist Vocabulary
Sexist Language
Distinctions Worth Making
Sound-Alike Words
What a Difference a Letter (Or Two) Makes
Words with Similar Meanings
One Word or Two?
Ten Techniques for Nonnative Speakers
A or An
Degree of Comparison
Count Nouns
Noncount Nouns
Nouns That Can Be Both Count and Noncount
Nouns as Adjectives
Plurals
Proper Nouns
The and A
Who, Which, That
Index

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