Language is like the air we breathe: It's invisible. It's all around us. We can't get along without it. Yet we take it for granted. But when we step back and listen to the sounds that escape from the holes in people's faces and examine the words that luminesce up on our screens, we are in for a lifetime of joy.
So begins "wordaholic" Richard Lederer's illuminating and exuberant celebration of the English language. Dubbed by its author as a "miniature museum of words," Challenging Words for Smart People is an at times dizzying exploration of the nuances of our language, with lists and charts galore! Avid readers and wordsmiths will revel in the Reader Challenges, which direct you through "push-ups of the mind and aerobics of the brain" by testing your knowledge of palindromes, homophones, and more. It's a must-read for anyone who delights in the wonder of words! (KG)