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Roger's Profanisaurus Rex: From the Pages of "Viz", the Ultimate Swearing Dictionary Hardcover – 7 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing; First Edition edition (7 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752228129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752228129
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb 2006
Unless you are familiar with this collection of books, make sure you are prepared for the content. I have to say this is the BEST present anyone has ever bought me. It is the perfect thing to bring out at family gatherings or parties - much better that anything on television. The only problem is that nobody dares to read parts out loud. This book has had every in my family in stitches and I'm sure it will with you too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Redhart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug 2007
It is probably little-known that no other language contains more obscenity than English. In fact, 0.39% of the words appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary were deemed 'lewd' by a recent Government enquiry. The publishers of Viz have been tireless in their efforts to categorise the full diversity of English execration and this is the superb result of their ongoing efforts. It is unlikely that a more thorough attempt has been made to transcribe potty-mouthed vocabulary since Doctor Samuel Johnson's four-volume 'Lexicon of Ribaldry'. Regarded as the Holy Grail of profane scholarship, the manuscript (as reported by James Boswell) never came to light and is believed to have been destroyed by gypsies.

Anyway, I learned plenty here and I now employ words other than *@#& and *$@& - even when drinking among unemployables at 'The Swan and Anchor'! However, as well as many unusual expressions, one finds detailed definitions of more common terms. For example, @#%$%*ing is defined as the process of licking $%&@# (sometimes called %$@*#) from a $*#@$ or from an *%$# (which is, amusingly, sometimes known as a *&@#%!).

Among the less familiar words are a handful that have been taken from foreign languages and adopted into our own tongue. Surprisingly, the Germans have a verb for the act of *#@$%ing a Grandmother's $%*@#$ while having a *$#£@ inserted into one's £&*#@ by a transgendered dwarf with an unusually hairy #*£@$. Apparently $*%£@&$@#*%&?#%@&*£%#&?@$&@#&$*$%*&# is the longest known word for an obscene act (at 36 characters!). Strangely, despite common usage, it has yet to be officially accepted into the English language by the $*%£@&$@#*%&?#%@&*£%#&?@$&@#&$*$%*&#ers who produce the Oxford English Dictionary.

(note from Amazon.co.uk- this review has been censored in accordance with the stringent measures that are in place to prevent ALL vulgarity from appearing in customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Rose on 5 Dec 2005
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This book will make you laugh so much that your ribs ache!You'll find definitions on every page that not only grab your imagination but also cause you to burst out laughing so much that you become breathless.
It's the sort of book you , genuinely, cannot put down.Not to be given to your easily offended maiden aunt but it WILL be read not only by the recipient but EVERY member of his/her family.
It appeals to all ages and sexes and it is interesting to note which definition appeals to whom. Ideal present for 19 year old son or even elder brother who is in his 70's.
Get a copy soon and give your ribs some exercise!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Manning on 9 Jan 2006
A genuinely masterful work of great depth. For everyone who is unaware of what exactly a 'chodbin' is, or what the 'merthyr socialite' gets up to... but no clue as to what a 'cleveland steamer' truly might be! Every home should have this, as an antidote to the davinci code or a channel 4 home improvement book. This book is one of the reasons why Britain might still be referred to as GGGGGGRRRRRREEEEEEAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT, at least by Tony the Tiger.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rumplestiltskin on 13 Jan 2007
Despite the best efforts of the legions of far-left PC fascists that reign over us, there is still (thankfully) a large and resiliant cohort of men (like me) with a puerile sense of humour, who will stalwartly get together and laugh heartily whilst sharing and coining beautifully inane tit and bum gags, endearing terms of abuse, and laughing with tears of joy until our bones ache.

Those poor illiberal sods who are unlucky not to be a member of this bawdy band of brothers, will look down upon us scornfully for giggling when we say "I'm off to't bog, mi back teeth are drownin'" or indulging in belching and farting competitions. We must pity them, for they shall never know the unspeakable rapture of the pure uncensored joy of laughing 'til your face hurts just by saying or reading a naughty word or phrase.

If people don't join in and just sit their tutting and looking at you with disdain and bemusement whilst you're rolling around thumping the floor in contorted laughter just from saying the word "Spangle"; just remember that they can never know your joy, and must be pitied. Those of them who call you names, are just jealous.

I bought this book when I was feeling depressed... rather than reach for a jar of pills, I reached for this book and was weeping with laughter within 8 seconds.

My wife doesn't understand - but whose does?!

This book is to be enjoyed like a cigerette behind the bike sheds... I'll be sending in my additions as soon as I can... and I can't wait for the next edition!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Hosler on 30 Oct 2005
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My dad got the Viz "Roger's profanisaurus" last christmas, since then our family has incorporated some of the funnier phrases into our conversations. "Viz presents Roger's Profanisaurus Rex" is even better, with double the words and phrases, it really has lots to offer. Some of the definitions are almost as hard to understand as the phrase itself, but with a little thought and maybe some cross reference looking up, the joke is even funnier for the delay!
An amazing collection, with hundreds of words to describe just the one thing. Using this book as guidance, you can really have some descriptive and comical conversations.
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