Everything You Pretend To Know And Are Afraid Someone Will Ask by Lynette PadwaEverything You Pretend To Know And Are Afraid Someone Will Ask by Lynette Padwa

Everything You Pretend To Know And Are Afraid Someone Will Ask

byLynette Padwa

Paperback | April 1, 1996

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You can fool some of the people all of the time—but wouldn’t you rather really know what you’re talking about?
 
Why are conservatives on the “right” and liberals on the “left”? What is an archetype? Most people drop these and other cultural references in conversation all the time without really knowing much about them. But with this witty, information-packed book, you can quickly bone up on the actual facts behind the multitude of data, events, and words that come at you each day—and that you’ve been casually bandying about without really understanding.
 
Here are invaluable explanations of a wide range of topics that are assumed to be common knowledge, from deciphering newsspeak (What is a spin doctor?) to psychobabble (What’s the difference between the ego and the id?) to cyberlingo (What is cyberlingo?); from the supposedly obvious (What makes cholesterol good or bad?) to the deceptively simple (What is a formula race car?). Perfect as a quick reference tool, for browsing, or simply for sharing impressive, newfound knowledge with family and friends, this handbook will endow you with genuine cultural literacy in just a few hours of fun-filled reading.
Lynette Padwa is the author of Everything You Pretend to Know and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask and the coauthor of several other books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
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Title:Everything You Pretend To Know And Are Afraid Someone Will AskFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.04 × 5.14 × 0.49 inPublished:April 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140513221

ISBN - 13:9780140513226

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from everything you thought you knew This wonderful little book will remind you that you might not know everything you think you know. These quick tales are really short, funny and informative lessons. What is the electoral college? When was the French Revolution? A great help at cocktail parties, you won't need to nod and smile your way through parts of conversations you don't understand, or learned at university and have now forgotten. This is a great gift and a fabulous bathroom read.
Date published: 2001-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything you pretend to know and are afraid some Excellent book, light reading, very informative and conversation inspiring.
Date published: 2000-01-03

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Here are fun, invaluable explanations of terms and topics that are supposedlycommon knowledge--but which most people don't really understand. Perfect as aquick reference or simply for sharing with family and friends, this book willincrease understanding of all the latest buzzwords, scientific breakthroughs, and cultural references