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Too many pointless words with too brief descriptions,
This review is from: The Word Lover's Dictionary: Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words (Paperback)
I love these kind of books, but they need to really strike a balance. The definitions here are short sentences, but I like to have a bit of further explanation and history behind words. I also like to see words which one might actually have a finite chance of using in modern day speech or writing. This book is just cramming in as many as it can, with too many you would never use.
Examples chosen opening a page at random:
charuk - an old Turkish sandal with turned up tips
chewink - the red-eyed towhee
chichevache - a medieval monster said to have fed on patient wives
chowry - an East Indian flay-swatter made from a yak's tail
...and so on. It also falls for the infamous hoax word 'zzxjoanw' - supposedly a Maori drum.