Totally Weird and Wonderful Words - Erin McKean
Definitions for a potpourri of colorful and fascinating words are offered in this collection that has been updated to include two new essays, more tha...
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Totally Weird and Wonderful Words is a book compiled and edited by Erin McKean, with rather splendid illustrations by Roz Chast and Danny Shanahan.The book is published in paperback by the OUP at $14.95. (That's about £8.00) Why the OUP chose to put only the Dollar price on the cover is anyone's guess. As is the decision by the OUP to employ American English spelling in their books, but please do not get me started on THAT one!
As you would expect, the book is a mixture of odd, bizarre and entertaining words.Is it a draffsack of odd and old words?
Or a logomachy, perhaps?Read this book and you will discover words that you probably never even had the vaguest idea even existed.
Learn that a loon-slatt was a Scottish coin, that a lolling-lobby was a derisive term for a monk, that a gallinipper is a large mosquito, that dromaeogathous means having the palate of an emu, that dretch means to trouble in sleep, or to be troubled in sleep.If someone has a fear of the dark it could be said that they are suffering from nyctophobia.
The book is a lot of fun and should while away the time should you be feeling somewhat wabbit.Draffsack = a bag of garbage
Logomachy = fighting about wordswabbit = A Scottish word meaning exhausted or slightly unwell.
Product Information : Totally Weird and Wonderful Words - Erin McKean
Manufacturer's product descriptionDefinitions for a potpourri of colorful and fascinating words are offered in this collection that has been updated to include two new essays, more than 150 new words, and full-page cartoon illustrations by Roz Chast and Danny Shanahan.
Title: Totally Weird and Wonderful Words
Author: Erin McKean
Listed on Ciao since: 27/07/2007