The Big Book of Words You Should Know: Over 3,000 Words Every Person Should be Able to Use (and a Few That You Probably Shouldn't) by Michelle Bevilacqua, Justin Cord Hayes, David Olsen (Paperback, 2009)
Do you kw what quatrefoil and impolitic mean? What about halcyon or narcolepsy ? This book is a handy, easy-to-read reference guide to the proper parlance for any situation. In this book you will find: Words You Absolutely Should Kw (covert, exonerate, perimeter); Words You Should Kw But Probably Don't (dour, incendiary, scintilla); Words Most People Don't Kw (schlimazel, thaumaturgy, epergne); Words You Should Kw to Sound Overeducated (ad infinitum, nugatory, garrulity); Words You Probably Shouldn't Kw (priapic, damnatory, labia majora); and more. Whether writing an essay, studying for a test, or trying to impress friends, family, and fellow cocktail party guests with their prolixity, you will achieve magniloquence, ebullience, and flights of rhetorical brilliance.
David Olsen, Justin Cord Hayes, Michelle Bevilacqua