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Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words Expanded Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This comprehensive volume is a wonderful resource for trivia enthusiasts and people who just love words, language and slang, and it's perfect for offhanded browsing.
So, if you want to know if you've ever jargogled, marmarized or edulcolated anything, if anyone you know is psittaceous, valgus or a gobemouche, or what a diplasiasmus, a krobylos or lares and penates are, then this is the book for you.
Although most of the words contained in this volume are not fit for use in everyday conversations, this is still a fun way to discover new words with precise, astonishing and even outrageous meanings.
Overall, this book is a delightful, entertaining source of curious words and intriguing terms just waiting to be found.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
It is not because I hate the book that I have so thoroughly destroyed it. It is, rather, the fact that I refer to it all the time, and take copious notes -- which wind up all over its pages.
If you love words, this is the book I would recommend. You will find an inexhaustible supply of some of the most arcane and ludibund words in our language within these pages.
A great gift for the rantallion in us all!
Charlotte Internet Society
While some of the words don't really seem to merit an entry in this book over its a delightful collection. There are some words such as "grassation" (to lie in wait to attack) which are so incredibly useful I don't know why they aren't in more common circulation.
I would like to see the etymology included, but speculating about a word's etymology and then looking it up elsewhere has become part of the game for me and my friends.
Dictionaries are rarely considered pleasure reading, but this one definately fits that bill. An advantage for a young reader is that they can get a lot of knowledge without reading a lot. Yup - Intellectual fast food. Could be addictive.
Though the author's intro says that all the words have been found in at least one reputable dictionary, some of these appear to be nonce words (no more established in use than a sniglet), while others are merely obscure. But both kinds are entertaining!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it as a gift for my 15 year old granddaughter and she was super excited. It was in very good condition. Read morePublished 20 days ago by D
I've owned a copy of the now out of print dictionary for decades. It is a must have addition to one's library and makes a delightful gift. Skip the nonsense. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bernadette Sonnier
2nd purchase of this boook, my daughters used it throughout their college years.Published 13 months ago by beancounter47
Loved it. I even discovered two spelling errors. That made it even more enjoyable.Published 13 months ago by livia
This dictionary has some of the best, most unusual words I've ever seen. How did these get lost from the English language?Published 15 months ago by Angie
Absolutely magnificent listing of wonderful words! While one could probably find the majority of words with their definitions in a large dictionary, having them grouped in a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cassandra Goodland