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Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases

Grenville Kleiser

Book Overview: 

A Practical Handbook of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, and Oratorical Terms, for the Embellishment of Speech and Literature, and The Improvement of the Vocabulary of Those Persons Who Read, Write, and Speak English.

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curious and inexpressible

curved and channeled

customs and manners

cynical and contemptuous


dangers and pitfalls

daring and resolute

dark and starless

dart and quiver

dashing and careless

dates and details

dazzled and confounded

debased and demoralized

debilitating and futile

decencies and restraints

deception and cruelty

decided and definite

declamation and delivery

decline and decay

deductions and inferences

deep and subtle

deface and injure

defame and tarnish

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Community Reviews

Given the time of its writing, this text would be an excellent resource for writing in the style of authors such as Fitzgerald, but has little use beyond amusement and ideas for writing flair for very experimentally creative writers. Very fun to read though.

Just a rather long list of undefined words and phrases - a curio, but not really remotely useful

The basis of great communication is language and how well we can create the phrases and ideas embodied in words defined out greatness.

Written in 1913 and sporting an epic Forward, this book is a must have for every wordsmith. In our pursuit of charming suavety, this book provides the tools and fram

This is a game changer if you want to improve your public speaking. Dated, yes, but still you will sound polished. I consult this book often when I need to spice up a speech.