What is the greatest tool a writer can possess?
Some might say it is their imagination. Others may point to their computer. Some will say it is their ability to research, question, and explore. All of that may be true, but to be a strong writer you certainly need to have a mastery of a great vocabulary.
1200 Words You Should Know To Sound Smart: Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able To Use, by Robert W. Bly, is a good place to start if you want to build a great command of the English language.
The author of over 70 books and labeled “America’s top copywriter” by McGraw-Hill, Bly was the recipient of the American Writers & Artists Inc’s. 2007 Copywriter of the Year Award.
The book jacket copy promises this:
“Complete with clearly written definitions and examples for using these words in a sentence, 1200 Words You Should Know to Sound Smart is your sublime guide to a superlative vocabulary.”
Who is to say which words are more important or impactful than others? The author believes that those who embrace his book will be seen as smart, perhaps smarter than they really are.
“People who have a good vocabulary come off as confident, intelligent, and motivated,” says Bly.
Here are some words contained in this breezy read:
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I don’t know. This comes across as very r/iamverysmart to me. I don’t think it should be anybody’s goal to “sound smart.” The goal should be to express original ideas and bring a new perspective into the conversation. Being authentic is so much better than putting on a ‘look how smart I am’ facade.