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Tables of Contents for The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Smart Vocabulary
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Part 1: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and More: People Words
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60
It Takes All Kinds: Types of People
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10
For the people watcher in you, words about good and bad people, friends and enemies, important people and unimportant people.
More People Types
13
8
A second helping of people patterns, including believers, non-believers, fans, grumps, and groups.
How People Behave, Part 1
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10
Words related to the weird and wonderful ways that people act, including being selfish, outgoing, shy, likable, and unlikable.
How People Behave, Part 2
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10
More human behavioral lingo, including words for folks who are changeable, stubborn, hostile, and inactive.
How People Think
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12
A lot of thought went into this chapter, which contains words about thinking, knowledge, intelligence, stupidity, and psychology.
How People Look
53
8
If you enjoy judging human books by their covers, you'll enjoy this chapter's words related to attractiveness, size, and body-part slang.
Part 2: And Now, Some Words from Our Culture
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52
A Few Food Words to Chew On
63
10
A feast of words: food, eating, cooking, and restaurant lingo.
Drink Words on Tap
73
8
Take a big gulp of these terms related to drinking, beer, wine, and other liquids.
Screen Gems: Television Words
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10
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Idiot Box, including terms related to buying a TV, TV programs, and TV slang.
The Book Nook: Book and Publishing Terms
91
12
A behind-the-covers look at book words, including book people, book editing, book parts, and book publishing.
The Lexical Enquirer: Newspaper Words
103
10
Journalism, journalists, news stories, and all the other newspaper words that are fit to print.
Part 3: Lexiconomics: Words from the Economy
113
42
Words at Work: Job Titles and Professions
115
12
What job titles from fields such as the movies, business, trades, and medicine really mean.
Terms from Business and Economics
127
10
The business of business terminology, including terms from economics, finance, and the so-called ``new economy.''
Business Buzzword Buster
137
10
From ``24-7'' to ``win-win'': real-world explanations of the gobbledgook spouted by modern businesspeople.
Bulls, Bears, and Blue Chips: Stock Market Words
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8
What they're saying on Wall Street and what the heck it means.
Part 4: The System: Words for How the World Works
155
30
Legal Lingo
157
8
A legal lexicon that covers words about lawsuits, charges, judges, juries, trials, and verdicts.
Weasel Words from Politics and Government
165
10
A review of some public sector terms, including words about elections, governments, corruption, and political philosophies.
War and Peace: Military, Spying, and Diplomatic Terms
175
10
A word or two about war, military ranks and units, espionage, and diplomacy.
Part 5: Technolinguistics: Computer and Internet Terms
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46
A Glossary for Computer Buyers
187
10
All the words you need to know to figure out those otherwise incomprehensible computer ads and salespeople.
More Computer Words
197
10
A more general collection of technical terms plus some stuff about software and hardware.
Internetese: The Internet and Its Jargon
207
10
A handy phrasebook to help you translate the foreign tongue that is Internet terminology.
Talking the ``Talk'' Talk: E-Mail, Chat, and More
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14
A look at the lingo of e-mail, chat, instant messaging, and Usenet, plus a large collection of all those abbreviations and ``smileys'' that everyone's using these days.
Part 6: Vocabucopia: An Abundance of Miscellaneous Word Treats
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46
Speaking in tongues: Words from Foreign Languages
233
14
Latin, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and other foreign words and phrases that have emigrated to English.
Names of Things You Didn't Know Had Names
247
8
From the indentation on your upper lip to the indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle: names for unusual things.
Brave New Words
255
12
Some newly minted words that have made the language scene in the past 10 years or so.
Making Word Whoopee: Fun Words
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10
Codswallop, nincompoop, willy-nilly, and other words that will bring a smile to your face.
Part 7: Sharpening Your Skills: More Words You Should Know
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52
100 Nouns You Should Know
279
14
A few extra nouns to tuck into your language pocket.
100 Verbs You Should Know
293
12
Some useful verbs to set aside for a rainy day
100 Adjectives You Should Know
305
24
A nice sampling of adjectives to trot out at cocktail parties.
Appendixes
A Answers to End-of-Chapter Exercises
317
2
B Prefixes and Suffixes
319
10
Index of Vocabulary Words
329
8
General Index
337