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Endangered Words: A Collection of Rare Gems for Book Lovers

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ISBN-10: 1602397120
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About the Author

Simon Hertnon, after studying linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, began writing about his observations on life for newspapers and magazines. He lives in New Zealand.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602397120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602397125
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an entertaining book. It adds a little color to learning new words. I disagree with the author's use of the word "experimentally" as a baseline comparison for determining rarity. As an engineer, I admit bias; however, my utilization of "experimentally" goes back to high school science labs. Otherwise, a good book. Note that the author does ramble a lot about his personal opinions; there is a subsection under each titled "why I like the word." I can see why some might object to it; however, it can serve as another means to remember a new word, which is, after all, the reason someone should be reading Endangered Words.
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I bought this for the Professor~~who has an English Major! He uses some words I never heard and now I'd like to give back to him some words he "might" not have ever heard or used! He has a way with words and I love it!! He will definitely put them to use and share them all with me. What a perfect gift for the one who has most everything he wants already.
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Being a writer, I loved this little book. My brother bought it for me and it's always a joy to flip through. It's become a bit of an inside joke between me and my brother to say the word "schlimbesserung" in public (Noun: A so called improvement that makes things worse).
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I love that this little book includes long lost words...not just for book lovers but excellent for collectors of words. I use it for studying the etymology of words and to create word study families. The complexity of the words lends itself to teaching kids the origin of words and studying the morphology.
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I loved this book because I love words. Archaic, Slang, Rap, Queens' English, American dialects - doesn't matter. Words are fun, power, essential to happiness...

So I wanted to know what precious words might be "endangered." After all, I care about endangered species, this is the same.

Some of these words, OK, deserve to be put to rest, they're awkward at best, strange, dissonant, weird would be a kind description.

But that's kind of the fun too... You don't want just useful words... You want words to confound, dissociate, discombobulate and just plain put some annoying people in their place from time to time. Especially when you write it into a book where you know it can't help but draw notice... And its alive for another day, month, year.

So, it's worth the time and the money. Plus, it was just plain, simple, calorie and alcohol free FUN!
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I really wanted to love this book, but the words are so pretentious I would feel ridiculous using them. No wonder they are endangered. As far as reading it just for my own learning, it is interesting.
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By S. Meals on October 11, 2014
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This book is different in that it tells a word's origins and its rarity, and cites examples from literature and an ongoing story created just for the book. I am particularly fond of "millihelen," a face that could launch a single ship. What, then, would a kilo-, mega-, or gigahelen be? Would the seas accommodate so many ships? People who enjoy unusual words will like this book.
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My brother loves to write along the lines of poetry. He was pretty thrilled about this book and said he couldn't wait to sit down with it. Its pretty clever. There are other books similar to this but the others i found didn't have as many words or weren't as descriptive of the words. And when it came down to the final decision, the gator on the front tipped the scale. Cute idea.
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