Skip to Main Content

The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart

1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use

Be the life of every highbrow cocktail party—just by mastering the deliciously obscure terms in The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart.

This book is a tongue-in-cheek guide to words that any well-educated, witty person should be able to drop into cocktail conversation. You are 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.

Robert W. Bly (Montville, NJ) is a professional writer, speaker, and marketing consultant with over three decades of experience in business-to-business, high-tech, and direct response marketing. He became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in his 30s. Bob is the author of more than 90 published books including Careers for Writers (McGraw-Hill/VGM), Secrets of a Freelance Writer (Henry Holt), The Copywriter's Handbook (Henry Holt), and The Elements of Business Writing (Alyn & Bacon). McGraw-Hill calls Bob Bly “America’s top copywriter,: and he was named 2007 Copywriter of the Year by American Writers and Artists, Inc. Bob writes a column for Target Marketing magazine. The Direct Response Letter, Bob Bly’s free e-newsletter, has over 60,000 subscribers. Check out Bob’s blog at Bly.com/blog.

  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 18, 2009)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781598698862