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Tables of Contents for The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Smart Vocabulary
Part 1: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and More: People Words
It Takes All Kinds: Types of People
For the people watcher in you, words about good and bad people, friends and enemies, important people and unimportant people.
More People Types
A second helping of people patterns, including believers, non-believers, fans, grumps, and groups.
How People Behave, Part 1
Words related to the weird and wonderful ways that people act, including being selfish, outgoing, shy, likable, and unlikable.
How People Behave, Part 2
More human behavioral lingo, including words for folks who are changeable, stubborn, hostile, and inactive.
How People Think
A lot of thought went into this chapter, which contains words about thinking, knowledge, intelligence, stupidity, and psychology.
How People Look
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
A Few Food Words to Chew On
A feast of words: food, eating, cooking, and restaurant lingo.
Drink Words on Tap
Take a big gulp of these terms related to drinking, beer, wine, and other liquids.
Screen Gems: Television Words
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
A behind-the-covers look at book words, including book people, book editing, book parts, and book publishing.
The Lexical Enquirer: Newspaper Words
Journalism, journalists, news stories, and all the other newspaper words that are fit to print.
Part 3: Lexiconomics: Words from the Economy
Words at Work: Job Titles and Professions
What job titles from fields such as the movies, business, trades, and medicine really mean.
Terms from Business and Economics
The business of business terminology, including terms from economics, finance, and the so-called ``new economy.''
Business Buzzword Buster
From ``24-7'' to ``win-win'': real-world explanations of the gobbledgook spouted by modern businesspeople.
Bulls, Bears, and Blue Chips: Stock Market Words
What they're saying on Wall Street and what the heck it means.
Part 4: The System: Words for How the World Works
A legal lexicon that covers words about lawsuits, charges, judges, juries, trials, and verdicts.
Weasel Words from Politics and Government
A review of some public sector terms, including words about elections, governments, corruption, and political philosophies.
War and Peace: Military, Spying, and Diplomatic Terms
A word or two about war, military ranks and units, espionage, and diplomacy.
Part 5: Technolinguistics: Computer and Internet Terms
A Glossary for Computer Buyers
All the words you need to know to figure out those otherwise incomprehensible computer ads and salespeople.
More Computer Words
A more general collection of technical terms plus some stuff about software and hardware.
Internetese: The Internet and Its Jargon
A handy phrasebook to help you translate the foreign tongue that is Internet terminology.
Talking the ``Talk'' Talk: E-Mail, Chat, and More
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
Speaking in tongues: Words from Foreign Languages
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
From the indentation on your upper lip to the indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle: names for unusual things.
Brave New Words
Some newly minted words that have made the language scene in the past 10 years or so.
Making Word Whoopee: Fun Words
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
100 Nouns You Should Know
A few extra nouns to tuck into your language pocket.
100 Verbs You Should Know
Some useful verbs to set aside for a rainy day
100 Adjectives You Should Know
A nice sampling of adjectives to trot out at cocktail parties.
A Answers to End-of-Chapter Exercises
B Prefixes and Suffixes
Index of Vocabulary Words