500 Words You Should Know, Caroline Taggart
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Caroline Taggart

500 Words You Should Know

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Caroline Taggart has worked in publishing for nearly 30 years, the last 18 of them as a freelance editor of non-fiction. She has edited innumerable natural history titles, notably Jonathan Scott's Big Cat Diary books and the tie-in to the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs, as well as books on gardening, cookery, health, witchcraft, pop music, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the House of Commons and the English language. She has also written a handbook for mature students and an encyclopaedia of dogs. Caroline's books have sold over 850,000 copies and the first book she wrote was I Used to Know That, a Sunday Times bestseller published in 2008. This was followed by My Grammar and I (also a Sunday Times bestseller), Answers to Rhetorical Questions, A Classical Education, An Apple a Day and Pushing the Envelope. Her books have appeared in the Sunday Times, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Sun and many other publications, and her frequent television and radio appearances include BBC1 Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live.
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gourmand

This is the French for greedy and the last syllable is pronounced mon – the d is sounded only in the feminine form, gourmande. It is not a flattering word and should be clearly distinguished from gourmet (second syllable pronounced may), which means someone who is well-informed and discerning about food and wine. It is possible to be a gourmet without being a gourmand and vice versa, but all too easy to be both.
burgeoning
To burgeon is to grow healthily and rapidly, to flourish. Originally used of plants, it can now refer to anything from Brazil’s burgeoning economy to a burgeoning romance or a burgeoning interest in social reform.
assiduous reader spends every available moment with a book. Reading is a particularly appropriate thing to do assiduously, as the word comes from the Latin for ‘to sit down to’,
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