Totally Weird and Wonderful Words - Erin McKean

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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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published 14/08/2007 | Martinscholes
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"Weird & Wonderful Words, or I'm feeling wabbit!"

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 words

wabbit = A Scottish word meaning exhausted or slightly unwell.

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  • FORCE6 published 09/11/2010
    Why is this only helpful? I rate on quality not quantity - VH!
  • missy0303 published 26/08/2007
    And here's me thinking a wabbit was something elmer fudd chased during hunting season! Interesting book x
  • anonymili published 17/08/2007
    OOh don't get ME started on American English either! Drives me nuts! Sounds like a crazy but fun book! x
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Definitions 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.

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Type: Non-Fiction

Genre: Reference

Title: Totally Weird and Wonderful Words

Author: Erin McKean

ISBN: 195312120

EAN: 9780195312126

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