The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Smart Vocabulary

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All of us-from beginning learners of the English language to professional speakers and experienced writers-know the frustration of not being able to get the right word to roll off our tongues. Sometimes it's a matter of not being able to recall the right word; sometimes we never knew it to begin with. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Improving Your Vocabulary will help readers expand upon their language skills by teaching terms groups by subject area, related words, definitions, pronunciations, sample sentences, synonym/antonym lists-covering approximately 1500 words in all!

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PAUL McFEDRIES is the president of Logophilia Limited (Latin for "the love of words") and has written more than three dozen books that have sold over two million copies worldwide. He also runs the Word Spy mailing list and Web site (http://www.wordspy.com), which are devoted to the study of new words and phrases and have been featured in publications such as Wired and The Wall Street Journal.

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