Weird and Wonderful Words
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Weird and Wonderful Words

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Weird and Wonderful Words is a pot-pourri, a gallimaufry, a salmagundi, a treasure trove of colourful, quirky, and unusual words. Containing hundreds of definitions written in a clear and conversational style and full-page illustrations which offer a whimsical and hilarious view of our glorious language. Amuse yourself and entertain your friends with your knowledge of who a snollygoster or a Funambulist may be, what a humdudgeon or a nubbingcheat was, or why you might want to engage in catopromancy. Appendices include a bibliography of Oxford dictionaries and a guide to creating your own unusual words correctly from Greek and Latin roots. The perfect stocking filler and gift book, Weird and Wonderful Words is sure to be a favourite of logophiles (word lovers) everywhere.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous cartoons
  • 0195159055
  • 9780195159059
  • 1,210,354

About Erin McKean

Erin McKean (Senior Editor, US Dictionaries Program) is the editor of the language quarterly Verbatim. Roz Chast (cartoonist) is the staff cartoonist for the New Yorker and author of more than five cartoon books.show more

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a fascinating new dictionary * Daily Mirror * this is a book that will enhance both your logodaedaly and your eutrapely. For all its nidgery appearance, it merits not a suirk but a place on the pluteus of your sitooterie * Daily Express *show more

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this is a book that will enhance both your logodaedaly and your eutrapely. For all its nidgery appearance, it merits not a suirk but a place on the pluteus of your sitooterie Daily Expressshow more

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