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Roger's Profanisaurus IV: The Magna Farta (Viz) Paperback – 2 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing (2 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095485778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954857783
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 latest 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 either a $*#@$ or 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- 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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This is not for those of a prudish disposition but,if you have an open mind, the sheer diversity of expressions that have been thought up to describe bodily and sexual functions, ailments and body parts(!) is astounding. It is laid out, very professionally, like a dictionary but you can read it like a book. I am one of those who can become helpless with mirth when a particular phrase tickles my fancy - this book has had me crying with laughter ... and I haven't even got to the 'B' entries yet!!!!
Finding this book is like stumbling over a crock of Gold.
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The Profannisaurus continues to grow and grow, and each time a new edition comes out it gets even funnier. I just wish I could think of some entries to submit myself. So many of these phrases are being integrated in to modern culture and indeed into other books (The Book With No Name pilfered a few).
It's impossible to pick a favourite entry as most of them are so funny. There should be a copy of this in every office around the country to lighten up the dull periods. A great Xmas gift for blokes of all ages, especially those who enjoy toilet humour and profannity. Hilarious.
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The Profanisaurus is a must-have for any adult with a sense of humour - yes, it's crude, but it's also very cleverly written and hugely imaginitive. Best of all, it's laugh-out-loud funny and I can assure you that you won't read anything that will make you laugh as much as this.

If the writers of Viz are reading this, I'd just like to say thank you very much for producing this gem and please, please never stop producing your magazine.
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This is the funniest book. Keep a copy in the office to entertain your friends / get put on a formal warning for using offensive language. Not for the faint-hearted but definitely for those with a juvenile mind.
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I had the earlier edition - Rogers Profanosaurus, which had me lauging out loud in WHSmiths! This revised version is just as funny, and extremely rude. An excellent gift for the man that 'thought' he had everything!
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I laughed so hard I was nearly sick. Not for the easily offended or those who think it is immature or irresponsible to laugh like a drain at smut, filth or bodily functions. I'm sure there are some nice books on gardening on here for them..
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The profanisaurus is a work of genius (though if easily offended you might think differently) I have always been a fan of Viz and the humour but this is the icing on the cake. It now means that I can get away with being vulgar and only certain people will understand what I am referring to, which is fabulous at work......

Buy it buy it buy it !!!!!
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