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How to Sound Clever


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Bamboozled by braggadocio? Dumbfounded by 'Delphic'? This book explains the etymology of 800 key words you really need to know to stand out from the crowd and boost your vocabulary.

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Hubert van den Bergh has worked in the City for the past decade. A language enthusiast, he was awarded an academic scholarship from Oxford University, where he studied Modern Languages. Follow Hubert on Twitter @soundclever.


'This admirable book is a wholly welcome antidote to the semi-demi-literacy of the 21st century. Go out and buy it!' * Colin Dexter *
Van den Bergh has produced a volume of words we all use, nod at and try to explain to other people - all with too little knowledge of their real meaning. It is time to claim back a semblance of literacy with this sublime lexicon. * The Field (December 2010) *
For the type of person who is always collecting new words from books, television programmes and even the internet, How to Sound Clever is both a vocabulary checklist and a source of fresh inspiration! An entertaining, addictive and, yes, instructive vocabulary top-up that will appeal to all amateur wordsmiths...quirky cartoons and etymological anecdotes lighten the experience somewhat, appealing to browsers and trivia buffs alike! Recommended as a desktop distraction or festive stocking filler for logophiles, How to Sound Clever has all the words you ever wanted to know, but were too lazy to look up! * Reference Reviews *

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