From Library Journal
Kacirk has written a new book on the same theme as his last book, Forgotten English, gathering hundreds of words that have slipped from common usage. By searching old dictionaries and glossaries, he has compiled words that appeal to him based on their sound (although there is no pronunciation guide), show either endearing or humorous aspects of their times, or illustrate customs. The result is this lark of a book, sure to appeal to all who love words and the sounds they make. In this Aladdin's cave of vocabulary are words like "bouffage" (very satisfying), "ugsumness" (terribleness), "snirp" (shrink), and "maffle" (stutter). The work may be of use to academic libraries where there is strong interest in lexicography, for, in addition to the words and definitions, there is a lengthy bibliography. For public libraries, the use will mainly be in the pleasure of browsing and looking at the many period illustrations. Recommended where there is a perceived need.DNeal Wyatt, Chesterfield P.L., VA
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Richard Lederer author of Crazy English
Through the wabe of The Word Museum
gyre and gimble some of the most abracadabrant creations of our word-bethumped English language. You'll be a more verbivorous human being after you take this tour.
Barbara Wallraff author of Word Court
What fun The Word Museum
is. It is a bouffage -- an absolute yeepsen -- for word-peckers, and that's no scaum.
Justin Kaplan and Anne Bernays authors of The Language of Names
It's an absolutely delicious book, a ten-course banquet for anyone with an appetite for words, dictionary games, and just plain fun.