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While the author’s first book was substantial and well

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While the author’s first book was substantial and well-documented, he seems to have run out of material; the followup is mere __________.
A. pith
B. bile
C. marrow
D. claptrap
E. fettle
F. dross

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Claptrap, dross

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Re: While the author’s first book was substantial and well [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2017, 08:29
We are looking for something in contrast with substantial and well documented. Among the choices, "claptrap" and "dross" do the job.

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Re: While the author’s first book was substantial and well [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2017, 16:18
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You need two words that contrast with substantial and match the idea of running out of material. Claptrap is “pretentious but insincere language,” and dross is “refuse, garbage.”

Pith and possibly marrow are a strange pair — pith is “the essence,” and marrow (the substance inside of bones) can sometimes be used
metaphorically in a similar way (to “suck the marrow out of life”), but it wouldn’t make sense to say that a book lacks substance if it does, in fact, contain the most important parts.

Hence options claptrap, dross are best fit!
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