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Weird and Wonderful Words

by Erin McKean and Roz Chast (Illustrator)

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Arranged alphabetically, this volume of unusual words defines terms from "aboulia" to "Zyrian". This book is as wonderful as the weird words in it. McKean, editor of Verbatim and a dictionary editor at Oxford, has culled all manner of words that either sound unusual or mean something unusual. Have you ever heard of an otacust or a gallnipper? Have you ever worbled or been exauctorated? If not, you are missing something. Word lovers everywhere will have a great deal of fun with this book. Whimsical black-and-white drawings are the highlights of the book. While amusing in their own right, they serve to illustrate the meanings of many of the words and their use in sentences. The volume concludes with sections on How to Create Your Own Weird and Wonderful Words, and an overview of Web sites that focus on the English language. Buy it and discover such gems as the "zedonk," the child of a donkey and a zebra!

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