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The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot Paperback – August 17, 1997
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So if you are looking for a compact way to describe something--a flower, say--that smells strongest at night, try "noctuolucent." If you were a delicate blossom, or even a whole "tuzzymuzzy" (a bunch of flowers), you too might wish to avoid the "sizzard" (unbearably humid heat) of summer days. --Jane Steinberg
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Neal Wyatt, Mary Washington Coll. Lib., Fredericksburg, Va.
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Also, just flipping through the pages is fun. You find words jump out at you.
sizzard: unbearably humid heat
eupsychics: good education
cymotrichous: having wavy hair
Most importantly, the author uses the word in a sentence fragment, so that we know not only its definition, but its intended usage.
The book is very accessible and readible due to the larger type size, nice font and cogent definitions.
Now for a personal note to anyone who wants to read on: I bought this book while in Graduate School at Andrews University in MI. I was taking the most boring of all boring classes being instructed by a teacher who was pulled in at the last minute to teach a class he knew nothing about. While the boring lectures continued day after day as so many cars on a train I read this book cover to cover and made note cards of all the interesting words. Now I have easy access to all the words that struck me most. And for amusement during certain verbivorous moments I like to review and ponder.
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Interesting, informative, and oddly enough, a great read. I consider it a great addition to my reference library.Published 13 months ago by c kelly
These words are just fun--our language continues to grow and change, and this book illustrates some of the changes that have taken place. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by alaskafan