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Foyle's Philavery: a Treasury of Unusual Words Hardcover – 27 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; Reprint edition (27 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550103295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550103291
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I happen to be one of those people who love these kinds of books, though unfortunately they frequently get lost in the mélange of frippery that is located around the checkout counter at better bookstores. Anyway, Foyle, who happens to own such a bookstore in London, has collected a fair-sized book's worth of odd and distinctive words, his favourite of which is "kakistocracy, a system of government where the rulers are the least competent, least qualified or most unprincipled citizens"--a word we ought to use more frequently. (The Morning News Book Digest)

I have found many surprises in the Philavery - I didn't know that alopecia literally means fox mange! (Roddy Lumsden's Blog, www.booksfromscotland.com)

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