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The Highly Selective Dictionary Of Golden Adjectives: For the Extraordinarily Literate [Hardcover]

Eugene Ehrlich
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July 4 2002
Adjectives have long suffered from bad press. For many years, English teachers have been fond of telling students that "adjectives are the enemy of nouns, and adverbs are the enemy of everything else."

While it's still advisable to heed your English teacher's advice on most other matters, The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate proves that breaking certain rules can make written and spoken language that much livelier, adding much-needed color, style, and adornment. With this addition to the popular Highly Selective series, the "golden" adjective, at last, gets the star treatment it deserves. From adventitious to zaftig, renowned lexicographer Eugene Ehrlich has collected more than 850 of the most interesting and engaging adjectives in the English language and has provided concise definitions and instructive usage examples. Whether you're a writer, a speaker, or a word buff, this compendious, trenchant, laudable, and all-around fantabulous volume will help you put panache back into your prose.


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Eugene Ehrlich, formerly a member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is the coeditor of The Oxford American Dictionary and the author of dozens of books, including Veni, Vidi, Vici and the classic bestseller Amo, Amas, Amat and More. He lives in Mamaroneck, New York.


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All philologists - people who love literature and the english language - will find this to be a very interesting and useful book. It helps you learn new words and provides their etymology, pronunciation and several sentences. Unlike many other vocabulary books where your not quite sure how to use the words you learn; this book makes it a lot easier. I also recommend:
"There's a word for it!" by Charles Harrington Elster
Norman Schur's books "2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words" and "1000 Most important words."
For those you are just beginning to expand their vocabulary the "Word Smart" series is very handy and so it "A Pocket Guide to Vocabulary" 3rd edition by Barron's
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for trying, but. . . . April 22 2003
Format:Hardcover
"Golden adjectives" is a real stretch. In fact, some of these adjectives are so specialized or uninteresting that no English speaker would miss them if they were dropped from every existing dictionary. If you think "abortifacient" is a golden adjective, buy the book. Otherwise, you'd be better served by other resources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for those who want to expand their vocabulary Nov. 28 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
All philologists - people who love literature and the english language - will find this to be a very interesting and useful book. It helps you learn new words and provides their etymology, pronunciation and several sentences. Unlike many other vocabulary books where your not quite sure how to use the words you learn; this book makes it a lot easier. I also recommend:
"There's a word for it!" by Charles Harrington Elster
Norman Schur's books "2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words" and "1000 Most important words."
For those you are just beginning to expand their vocabulary the "Word Smart" series is very handy and so it "A Pocket Guide to Vocabulary" 3rd edition by Barron's
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for the Highly Selective March 9 2009
By L. Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this series. I have a client, Explainers, who takes the selection of their words very seriously while trying to reduce aliteracy in the workplace.

I recently bought this book for them and they absolutely loved it - just as I have. That's the third time I've purchased a book from this series for folks I know who appreciate and study the English language as I do.
4.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy April 9 2013
By Chuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are three word books, sort of a series, that I know of by Ehrlich. A 'Selective Dictionary', 'Selective Thesaurus' and this one, Golden Adjectives. I read all three straight through (though the entries are formatted alphabetically.) You'll learn some new words for sure, most of which you should never allow yourself to be caught dead using.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives [Kindle Edition] Sept. 1 2012
By JMB - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife bought this kindle book to help with her new project...writing a book. She said it is a great help in finding the right word for the right thought.
23 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for trying, but. . . . April 22 2003
By Roy A. Birk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Golden adjectives" is a real stretch. In fact, some of these adjectives are so specialized or uninteresting that no English speaker would miss them if they were dropped from every existing dictionary. If you think "abortifacient" is a golden adjective, buy the book. Otherwise, you'd be better served by other resources.
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