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The Indispensable Dictionary of Unusual Words

Over 6,000 Obscure and Preposterous Words to Know, Learn, and Love

Josefa Heifetz Byrne

Paperback

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Description

From aasvogel (the South African vulture) to knurry (full of knots), from melangeur (a machine for making chocolate syrup) to zumbooruk (a small cannon fired from the back of a camel), the words in this book are guaranteed to expand your vocabulary and confound your friends. They may be obscure and even preposterous, but every entry in this eye-opening book has been accepted as a formal or legitimate English word by at least one major dictionary. This dictionary does not claim or attempt to be complete. It is based completely on the editor’s sense of wonder and absurdity. It is educational, yes, but also more fun than any dictionary has a right to be!

Skyhorse, 9781616086503, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2012