The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart: 1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use

This book is a tongue-in-cheek guide to words that any well-educated, witty person should be able to drop into cocktail conversation. The reader is encouraged to toss off words such as “disestablishmentarianism,” “descant,” and “autodidactic” –words that will make the user sound learned, intellectual, and wise. For those who want to improve the quality and sophistication of their speech and writing, this is the book to keep on the nightstand.

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By Mugren (London, The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 28, 2012
The words in the book will make you sound smart. But, they are so difficult to fit into a sentence that you are left sounding pretentious instead. ...more
By Tiemu (Australia) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 21, 2013
Nice idea, though nothing novel. What makes the book unbearably nauseating are the pretentious quotes Bly's mind splutters page after page. If you drip water on the same spot of a person's head long enough it becomes insufferably painful, and Bly takes this form of torture to its verbal incarnati... ...more
By Saralarif (Dubai, The United Arab Emirates) · ★★★★☆ · June 29, 2011
Few weeks ago I bought “The words you should know to sound smart. by Robert W. Bly” and started reading it right away. As a first thought I would say it is the place to start with if you are looking for the right words to express yourself in a more “brainy” way. My second thought as I was reading... ...more
By Coco (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 11, 2014
One of the best books I own. ...more
By Carmen (The United States) · ★★★★★ · November 17, 2013
A great book. ...more