The Well-Spoken Thesaurus: The Most Powerful Ways to Say Everyday Words and Phrases (Gifts for Writers, Authors, English Teachers)
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The ultimate guide on how to speak eloquently, including 200 well-spoken alternatives to common words and phrases.
If you've ever fumbled while trying to use a big word ('lofty word,' 'pretentious word') to impress a crowd, you know what it's like to ('know what it is to') be poorly spoken. The fear of mispronouncing or misusing complex words is real and leaves many of us consigned to the lower levels ('lower reaches,' 'lower echelons') of the English language.
The secret to eloquence, however, lies in simplicity—the ability to use ordinary words in extraordinary ways.
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, featuring lessons from some of the most articulate speakers of our past and present. While a common thesaurus provides only synonyms as mere word-for-word equivalents, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is filled with ('awash in,' 'instilled with,' 'dense with,' 'rich in') dynamic reinventions of standard words and phrases.
Lessons from history's greatest writers and speakers, including:
T. S. Eliot
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is the ultimate vocabulary builder for adults seeking to improve their vocabulary and speak better.
In this unconventional, easy-to-use thesaurus, Heehler, a degree student at the Harvard Extension School, invites the reader to speak like an academic without sounding like one. (
Book News )
Winston Churchill, in the words of one of his contemporaries, "mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." Like many of the great orators and writers of our time, the prime minister knew the words he used and how he used them were at least as important as the ideas he needed to get across.In 2006, the same idea occurred to an American truck driver.--
the Winnipeg Free Press
We may be familiar with a familiar thesaurus, most prominently Roget's International Thesaurus. Tom Heehler has, however, created and brought to life a thesaurus for spoken English. One word came to me after I had made my first visit to its 392 pages: Wow!The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is a fascinating and provocative resource for lecturers or speakers of the English language of all sizes, ages, and social classes. I vow neither to lend nor sell the copy that came to me a few days ago. It is simply too convenient, too daring, too lively, invaluable. One wonders, "Why didn't someone think of such a resource as this a long time ago?"--
Raymond Rundus, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke
About the Author
Tom Heehler is a degree student at the Harvard University Extension School and creator of Fluent in Five Languages, the free online language course where students learn to speak four languages simultaneously - French, Italian, Spanish, and Romanian. You can find this novel approach to language acquisition at FreeLanguageCourses.Blogspot.com.
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On Becoming Articulate
Why Should You Care?
Words are like little gods. The pronoun "him" instead of "her," if used often enough, can dissuade a girl from science or math. The words you use determine the density of gray matter in your brain. They affect your political leanings, influence how you see reality, determine your level of confidence and thus, define what it means to be you. That's what words do.
As important as your words are in shaping your behavior, they are even more important in the way they shape the behavior of others. Your manner of speaking is, if nothing else, the central factor upon which people form assumptions about you. Whatever is your ultimate goal in life, chances are good you're going to have to communicate your way to it. And if greatness is your goal, well-spoken words are essential. Think about it. From Homer to Hemingway, Lincoln, Churchill, King, Obama-their words are why you know them.
The well-spoken few a