By Arthur Plotnik
Deft compliment encourages others to believe as we do, percentage our enthusiasms. It rewards deserving gadgets of admiration. It persuades humans to take convinced activities. It sells things.
Sadly, during this "age of awesome," our phrases and words of acclaim are exhausted, all yet impotent. nonetheless, we discover ourselves defaulting to such recurring offerings as "good," "great," and "terrific," or inventory synonyms that tumble out of a thesaurus -- "superb," "marvelous," "outstanding," etc. The piling on of intensifers comparable to "totally" basically makes concerns worse, whereas damaging modifiers ("incredible," "unreal") render our universal parlance approximately tragic. until eventually now.
Not to mince phrases, wunderkind of word-wonks Arthur Plotnik is proffering a well-knit wellspring of useful and wondrous phrases to rescue our worn-down utilization. Plotnik is either hella AND hecka as much as the duty of rescuing the English superlative, delivering readers the chance never to be perplexed of compliment and acclamation!
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Better Than Great: A Plentidinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives by Arthur Plotnik