Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases

Once again, my search has found a writers gem!


Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases 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

by Grenville Kleiser

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Download this version I created for pdf with bookmarks.  I think it makes it easier to read.

Here are just a few of the 15,000 phrases I likes -- and will probably use!

  • abridged statement
  • diplomatic skill
  • faithfully perpetuated
  • sincere hospitality
  • tolerant indifference
  • tormenting thought
  • unenlightened zealot
  • uproarious laughter
  • disordered, wild, and incoherent
  • pompous, bombastic, and ranting
  • theatrical, sensational, and demonstrative
  • Pale and grave as a sculptured nun
  • Shaken off like a nightmare
  • The sea spread out like a wrinkled marble floor
  • When she died, her breath whistled like the wind in a keyhole
  • When the fever pierced me like a knife
  • But the thing is simply impossible
  • Have you reflected what the consequences might be to yourself?
  • I am, I confess, a little discouraged
  • There are reasons which make such a course impossible
  • What is the next step in your argument?
  • A microscopic care in the search of words
  • A misconception which is singularly prevalent

I could go on but you can download it for free!  Keep it and use it forever!
Please let your writing friends know where to download it for themselves (here of course)!