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on 21 October 2009
Words Fail Me

For anyone interested in words at all, this is an extremely interesting little book. Teresa Monachino was really inspired when she wrote it - it has very few pages with only one word or sentence to a page; some of these pages specify the difference in words that are spelt the same or in some cases words/sentences which mean the opposite of what they imply. There is so much more to this little book but I felt it was very much worth the small amount of money that I spent on it.
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on 25 November 2008
as a skint student i felt this book for a start was over priced for its small content, in many cases 1 word per page, however i was intrigued by the title as no boubt you are..

I wasnt quite sure what to expect, dissapointed at first i began to flick through the pages not really paying attention to its content, as i began to read an understand the meanings i found myself fascinated by the simple ideas regardin anagrams, or breaking up words to reveal contradictory words. for a small book, i find it the most picked up and talked about of my collection.

Worth a read.. and worth every penny..
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on 5 November 2013
This is quite an amusing book but actually rather light on content; I flicked through it when it arrived and about five minutes later, found that I'd finished it. Makes some interesting observations about language but not that interesting.
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on 22 November 2012
This book is a work of genius. Although short, it shows the English language for what it is - complicated and backwards!! Every page will open your eyes to things we've taken for granted and at the same time make you smile.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 28 September 2007
The Book Description above will give you a pretty good idea about the contents of this word-play book. Divided into these chapters: Contradictionary, Antigrams, Ambitexterity, Pleonasties, Antagonyms, Oxycretins and (sic)Note. Each gives examples of the (delightful) obfuscation the English language springs on the unwary and will probably take you less than ten minutes to read the 144 pages.

OK, I spent less than ten minutes reading it but surely the visual presentation will keep me occupied for longer? If only. Nearly all of the pages are designed in a very minimalist way, one typeface (17 point Gill Sans I fancy) and mostly in this size. Because so many of the examples are a word or two on each page there is plenty of empty space throughout the book. As the author is a designer I would have thought this would have been the ideal editorial format to have the contents displayed in a much more creative way. Herb Lubalin would have had such fun!

This is really the kind of item that a trendy ad boutique would give away as a Christmas keepsake to its clients rather than a book to buy.

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on 12 June 2016
Gift for someone else, a writer. Clever but not as good as in Private Eye
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