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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (August 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156011492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156011495
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A merger has taken place between Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea's books Depraved English and Insulting English. The result? Depraved and Insulting English. "Some of the entries are lascivious," the authors say, "some revolting, and others derogatory. A few are all of these things." This book will provide blissful browsing for anyone who ever got a fourth-grade thrill from looking up naughty words in the dictionary or, later, felt a frisson of pleasure from using obscure but racy words that few others understood. Many of the terms here--such as coprolagnia, cypripareunia, hybristophiliac, peotillomian, and sacofricosis--sound downright illicit. More intriguing are the words that sound perfectly acceptable, like blissom, feist, and plooky. But watch out for the plooky fellow who lets out a feist when he blissoms; he's actually a pimply guy who farts silently while copulating with ewes. Eeew. --Jane Steinberg

From Publishers Weekly

Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea, the gleefully naughty authors of Depraved English and Insulting English, combine their two guides to the puerile side of our popular tongue into one salty volume, efficiently titled Depraved and Insulting English. Sure, the words mome, limberham, encopresis are good, but what's better are the authors' usage examples, which demonstrate a mischievous exuberance. Explaining a particularly intense form of voyeurism, the authors write: "Being struck suddenly blind would have taxed any man, but for Mr. Bigelow, with his acute scopophilia, it smacked of divine vengeance."
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Go buy this book and carry it close to your heart at all times of day.
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It is meant as a Christmas gift, but I have 2 family members who would love it.
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Read slowly and try to use a word a day to get the most out of this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Susan Howson on March 24, 2004
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I received this as a gift and have since bought it for others. Is truly as it describes itself - a reference book that you can start reading at any page.

The only problem is that you find yourself reading too much at a time, and the definitions will stick as memorable, but the words don't. Often at work I have really wanted to call someone "an odor resulting from the belching of an intoxicated person" but the specific word escaped me. Read slowly and try to use a word a day to get the most out of this book.

The gems of this book are the words that sound so dirty but actually have very appropriate meanings. Example: Who wouldn't get upset when called a "pricklouse"? Me, because I know it just means "tailor".

This is a perfect gift for the word (or insult) enthusiast who has everything.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James on March 2, 2003
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Though I wished this book was a little more organized (beyond simple alphabetizing), I still found it most useful. Great vocabulary to have, especially when you want to let someone have a peice of your mind but don't actually want them to hear you... but you kind of do... but don't... you know the situation.. this book is the key to solving that paradox! So the next time that jobberknowle takes 11 items to the 10-items-or-less isle at the grocery store and starts to pay with a check, you'll find yourself speaking to him/her on terms they aren't familiar with!! Ever been around people who spoke a different language than you, and you knew they were saying something about you but you didn't know what? ...now it's time to level the playing field!! This book is written all in fun, and reads like a book even though it is in dictionary format. You'll definitely get a kick out of it. Some words in the book aren't fully detailed enough to understand, and others are downright useless, but overall this book is a fun read... I do think 10 bucks is a bit steep though... buy it used!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael O on October 3, 2002
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I was standing at a bookstore's special orders desk, waiting and I picked up this little volume. I was stunned. My laughter flowed like water in Niagra. I've used several of the lovely words, with friends and associates. Last night at my poker game I gave a small educational lecture about the english language, and made sure to keep my drink next to me - so with my compatriots newfound knowledge, they would not find a moment to leint my beer. I recommend this book to anyone that find's language interesting and/or useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emilleejoyce on February 22, 2012
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While I bought this book as a gift for my boyfriend, I can still vouch for its entertainment value. It has brought both my boyfriend and I a great deal of enjoyment as we flip through the pages and laugh at the definitions. It is perfect for someone with a casual interest such as us. Not overtly technical, organized well, and full of enjoyment with strange pictures and even stranger definitions!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Levon Atwood Esq on December 23, 2010
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I'll keep this short. It's a great comprehensive guide to obscure words and insults. If you are a fan of such things, or just like learning different words, this is a book for you. It is in dictionary form complete with word, pronunciation, context, definition and the occaisional illustration. Once you read it, you will finally know the proper term for all of those annoying cockalorums, muscods, breedbates and shotclogs you encounter every day. If you want to know what those words are, get the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Langstaff on October 15, 2012
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The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is because I felt the ghost of my sere Catholic Mother peering over my shoulder as I wrote. I confess I am a word-aholic and revel in linguistic vituosity wherever it may occur (even the gutter). Maybe even particularly the gutter, to be honest.

For whatever reason, a good cuss, curse, diatribe or excoriation is good for the (err...) soul and this book is truly inspiring toward that dubious end.

Why is it, though, that the oh-so-proper Brits are so damned good at it? They out-distance the rest of us English language stutterers and stammerers for vile, vitriol and (boing!) scurrilous accuracy. All hail Britannia. Oh my.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ksenia Anske on August 13, 2014
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What could be better on an awful day than calling someone the most obscene and offensive word imaginable? There is something that could be. It’s the fact that the one called that awful offensive word might not even comprehend what horror has befallen him. Or her. There are plenty of disgusting names for both sexes in this little gem of a book, and the pleasure you will derive in seeing the puzzled face of your enemy will undoubtedly make your bad day so much better, you will dare to grin a sinister inner smile at your secret knowledge. And that knowledge would be this book. How about a couple choice words for you to warm you palate?

BDELLOID: resembling a leech. What an excellent word to drop on a date that didn't go too well, wouldn’t you agree?

GAMMERSTANG: a tall, skinny, and awkward woman. Oh, you could have a field day with this one, couldn’t you?

MOME: a nitpicking critic. How lovely would it be to throw in the face of those constantly criticizing you!

SNUDGE. A scoundrel who hides under the bed, waiting for a chance to rob the house. There is a word for that??

Have I convinced you yet? Go buy this book and carry it close to your heart at all times of day.
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