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I Always Look Up the Word 'Egregious'

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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 01, 2008 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 Holman
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.
Susabelle Kelmer
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!
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.
Stephanie
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
words like schmaltz just make me happy
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Pedro
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A word lover's must read. Warning though, this book is only for word lovers. Enjoy
Sara
Mar 28, 2009 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.
Rori
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE WORD BOOKS
brian tanabe
Sep 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for word lovers and sporadic readers.
Anittah
Jul 25, 2008 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.
Maureen Masson
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love reading & rereading this book:-)
Marla
May 10, 2009 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.
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