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Erin McKean is the Senior Editor for the Oxford University Press North American Dictionary Program and the Editor of Verbatim magazine. Roz Chast is a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker and the author of more than five books of cartoons. Danny Shanahan is a staff cartoonist for the New Yorker and illustrator of numerous books, including The Dead Sea Scroll Palindromes.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
different title, not quite the same book 18 Mar. 2007
By Alex Plainlater - Published on
Format: Paperback
Buyer beware: this is exactly the same book (except for title) as "Weird and Wonderful Words", which is listed here as being by Simon Winchester but in fact is also by Erin McKean. It's an enjoyable book, but you wouldn't want to buy it twice thinking you were getting a sequel.

My apologies to the beleaguered author - a more careful re-examination of the introduction does indeed disclose that this is a combination of the two previous books, and I'm sure it does include the additional new words. When I first opened it up, all the entries I looked at were repeats, so I jumped to a hasty conclusion.

I do think, though, that online buyers need an advisory on this, as some others might otherwise make the same mistake I did, of thinking that this one is a third book "totally" different from the first two.
Erudite all night! 5 Mar. 2015
By Chuck Wagon - Published on
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A myriad plus a plethora of new words as you review comfortably ensconced in the privacy of your abode. Note: some of the latter words in the former sentence are new.
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Fun to read. 8 Feb. 2013
By John Westfall - Published on
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Although this was intended as a gift, I couldn't avoid giving into the temptation to read it first before sending it off.
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