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on 28 October 2017
All satisfactory
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on 2 May 1999
This book is for word buffs. It does not make a great reference book, since it just lists lots of words that you could find in a real dictionary. And it doesn't work well as a thesaurus, either. (See the author's other works.) However, if you are looking for a word that has a certain sound, or if you are curious about the difference between two similar words (like apprise and appraise), this is handy book. Also, if you want to create an insult for someone, it's a neat resource to have available. For instance, these insults are listed in the introduction: "grandiloquent popinjay, venal pettifogger, nefarious miscreant, flagitious recidivist, sententious blatherskite, mawkish ditherer, arrant peculator, irascible misanthrope, hubiristic narcissist, feckless sycophant, vituperative virago, vapid yahoo," and so on. It gets to be fun. Too bad it could not be more usefully organized.
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on 18 May 1999
This book is quite interesting. It's a most interesting dictionary, filled with words that you couldn't find in most dictionaries. I don't agree with many of their selections that are for the 'highly literate' (if you don't know 'regretful and regimen' you might want to start with the regular dictionary) but many of the words are good (defenestartion, quidnunc, etc.). This is the best way to insult people that I have ever found. I'm not sure I would buy this for myself, but it makes a good gift. I sure enjoyed getting it as a gift, but I'm sure you would enjoy it just buying it for yourself. Enjoy!
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