The Highly Selective Dictionary For The Extraordinarily Literate

Hardcover | May 22, 1997

byEugene Ehrlich

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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.

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Do you relish any opportunity to improve your already bursting, verbose vocabulary? Are you an entomologist, par none? Well readers, writers, wordsmiths, verbivores and logophiles cannot consider themselves true word connoisseurs without a copy of Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate sitting on their bedside tab...

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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 w...

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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 interest...

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 w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.87 inPublished:May 22, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0062701908

ISBN - 13:9780062701909

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Do you relish any opportunity to improve your already bursting, verbose vocabulary? Are you an entomologist, par none? Well readers, writers, wordsmiths, verbivores and logophiles cannot consider themselves true word connoisseurs without a copy of Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate sitting on their bedside table. Respected lexicographer Eugene Ehrlich offers the facts on only the most interesting words, their concise definitions and offers short discussions for words most often confused - and misused - today. Discover more than 3,500 of the most eclectic, wordy goodness words from abecedarian to zucchetto - complete with pronunciation guides - and enjoy yourself.