Stephen Spignesi is the author of nearly seventy books including the Skyhorse titles: In the Crosshairs, 499 Facts about Hip-Hop Hamilton and the Rest of America's Founding Fathers, and The Big Book of UFO Facts, Figures & Truth. Before retiring to write, edit, and lecture full time, he was a practitioner in residence for a decade at the University of New Haven, teaching English Composition and Literature, among other writing courses. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
"Stephen Spignesi has done it again! As an instructor of first year composition, I am certain that this new book will no doubt prove to be an invaluable tool in teaching my students the lost art of building their vocabularies. It is insightful, helpful and extremely well organized." --Mark McFadden, University of New Haven Practitioner in Residence "499 Words Every College Student Should Know is a step beyond a dictionary and a thesaurus. The same word in a different context can be correct but not appropriate for that situation. This book gives a clear explanation of how each word should be used in the real world. 499 Words should be on every writer's desk." --Mary Embree, author of Abused, Confused, and Misused Words and The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Book. "Professor Spignesi's book is both wonderfully informative and incredibly entertaining. His book is a perfect resource for any student looking to expand their vocabulary--not simply to sound smarter, but to actually understand and correctly use advanced words." --Joseph Roy, Former Student of Prof. Spignesi "Browsing through it is a revelation for everyone, not just college students! Even if you can define all 499 words (and I'll bet you can't), the examples of their use in context, drawn from movies, TV shows, and other pop culture sources, will expand your horizons."--Jim Bernhard, Author of Puns, Puzzles, and Wordplay and You're On!: The Theatre Quiz Book "We all want to enrich our vocabulary, but with an estimated one million words in the English language, where do we even start? That's why this book is so valuable. Stephen Spignesi not only handpicks 499 words that guarantee to make us more eloquent; he provides definitions, explanations, and context so we use the words correctly. In other words, this book will make you sound erudite and satiate your desire to accumulate a laudable vocabulary (numbers 205, 431, and 323, respectively)."--Jenny Baranick, author of Kiss My Asterisk, Missed Periods and Other Scares, and Sarah Palin's Expert Guide to Good Grammar "499 Words Every College Student Should Know is a spunky, brilliantly written book that sets itself apart from any other dictionary. It gives examples of each word in cultural context as well as presenting the definitions, thus proving to be a useful and authentic guide for any college student."--Yara Obeid, former student of Professor Spignesi "Professor Spignesi uses examples from popular culture, books, and magazines to give readers a true understanding of the words he defines. He quotes everything from Parks and Recreation to Iron Man and Paranormal Activity and his multiple examples for each word provide students with the true context of the word they are learning. --Sabrina Williams, former student of Professor Spignesi "The importance of this book goes beyond pedagogical. It lets its audience know that these words are out there, in the pop culture they consume, not just in intimidating literary texts and academic papers." --Rachel Montgomery, M.A., author