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I Always Look Up the Word 'Egregious'

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  79 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Armed with a red pencil, scissors, tape, and index cards, author Maxwell Nurnberg spent years scouring The New York Times, the The New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books, with the aim of creating a new kind of vocabulary book. The result is a veritable panoply of words -- drawn from the real-life context of written and spoken language.
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Barnes & Noble, Inc. (first published 1981)
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King Ævil
Jun 08, 2008 King Ævil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A collection of fairly common to highly obscure words, with examples and (usually) etymology. Not the best of the books of this type I've read, but decent. The most interesting part, to me, is that the examples were taken from news stories in the late 1970s. Consequently, I read more about the Jimmy Carter administration in one week than in the previous 20 years.
Susan
Jan 09, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on a dictionary. Sections include pretentious words, foreign language words/phrases we often see in novels (sotto voce, quid pro quo, etc.), words that may fool you, and other categories. Not a book to be read straight through but to pick up every now and then and read some of the selections.
John
Pretty good so far! It's kind of hit-or-miss - there will be words that seem quite common to me. And often there are words used in the definitions or descriptions that I can't find defined in the book. Maybe that's because it's 25 years old though.
Susabelle Kelmer
Jun 25, 2008 Susabelle Kelmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The tag line for this book is "A vocabulary book for people who don't need one." How true this is! I try to read a word a day, I'm a long way from actually finishing the book and I've had it for several years. Love this book!
Sara
Mar 28, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as "The Highly Selective Thesaurus..." but it does reference words that even those of us who don't always look up the word egregious can appreciate.
Marla
May 10, 2009 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It literally is a vocabulary book for people who don't need one.
I kind of need it , to feel like one of those people though...ironic.
Anittah
Jun 29, 2012 Anittah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book while studying for the GRE and it was a nice break from all the formal GRE vocabulary study books.
Pedro
Oct 04, 2010 Pedro rated it it was amazing
A word lover's must read. Warning though, this book is only for word lovers. Enjoy
brian tanabe
Sep 30, 2007 brian tanabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for word lovers and sporadic readers.
Maureen Masson
Dec 10, 2012 Maureen Masson rated it it was amazing
I love reading & rereading this book:-)
Stephanie
Mar 03, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
words like schmaltz just make me happy
Rori
Dec 12, 2012 Rori rated it it was amazing
I LOVE WORD BOOKS
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