The Superior Person's Book of Words
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, UK, 2001. First Edition, Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. 9780747553373 176 pages. Available Now. Book Description: 'Words are not only tools; they are also weapons' The secret to being a truly Superior Person is to use really superior words. More impressive than a top hat, much more effective than a fist-fight, here are five hundred words to help you wiggle out of sticky debates, deal with obnoxious dinner guests and fill in sick leave application forms with panache. Impress your friends, amaze your colleagues and baffle your enemies with this witty, charming, and clever little book. : Amazon Review: The avowed purpose of this witty little book is to equip the reader to be the superior person of the title by expanding the vocabulary of the rare and arcane (Secret, hidden. An excellent example of a Superior Word of the first order, ie, one that is on the margin of recognition for most people, is known to many, but used by few.). You can then indulge in the arts of parisology (The deliberate pursuit of ambiguity in one's language) or charientism (An elegantly veiled insult), using terms such as fungible (Replaceable by, or acceptable as a replacement for, a similar item ... Your sister's latest boyfriend could be referred to as 'one of Belinda's fungibles.). Or challenge the pretentious who insist on using terms such as matrix, parameter or paradigm (Model, pattern, or example. A pretentious and unnecessary word, normally found only in psychology theses. Never use this word yourself, but be prepared, when it is used by another, to lean forward intently, narrow your eyes, and say, 'Just a moment--do you really mean paradigm in that context?' When, somewhat bemused, he avers that he does, you merely raise your eyebrows and remain silent...). You will also have a remarkable collection of words for minor but serious-sounding illnesses to get you out of doing chores, and be able to drive Scrabble players wild with words ranging from aeaeae (magic) to zaftig (desirably plump). : A nicely produced hardback, just the right size for dipping into in bed, this would make an excellent present for your favourite word-lover or word-game fanatic. --Julia Cresswell : About the Author: Peter Bowler has to his name several published books, most of which are, as the French say, introuvable, lending them an intrinsic attraction for those who cultivate the unattainable. He lives with his patient and beautiful wife Diana in an idyllic sub-tropical coastal town, and hopes one day to rule the world. Size: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm. 176 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Humour; Hardbacks; ISBN: 0747553378. ISBN/EAN: 9780747553373. Inventory No: B207-1042.
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