This book is an absolute treat! Easy to pick up, read a few words and then put down again, feeling slightly smarter than you were when you started! Would definitely recommend to anybody looking to expand their vocabulary or looking to impress friends with new words!
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.
Of course, you wouldn't find "scrumptious and delectable" in this dictionary. You know what those two words mean. This dictionary has the words you never heard of without having to buy the mammoth treasure, "The Oxford English Dictionary." As a book reviewer, one who feels quite at ease telling you what I think, I've learned I'm a philodox (one who loves his own opinions), but I think I'm more of a philonist (searcher of knowledge). Ever fum? No, no, that's nothing naughty (which then would be placular). It is playing a fiddle. Maybe fiddle players know this, but I didn't. Get 'wowf' with words (wild and extreme). You can be as snod as 007. Grab a miche and slice a piece, and read through this yummy book. The definitions are only a few words each, but will provide you with just enough knowledge to impress your friends (or alienate you from them!). You won't be overwhelmed by the layout or length. You can read through it in a few Saturdays. Intumulate your Websters, and buy this one. It is aosmic and apinoid (odorless and dirt-free). What more could you want? For fun (that's f-u-n, not f-u-m), I read it backwards, from zzxjoanw (a Moari drum) to aa (rough, crumbling lava). Preposterous books ought to be read in a preposterous way, don't you think? I fully recommend "The Word Lover's Dictionary: Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words" by Josefa Heifetz. It is precisely what it claims to be. It is for any philocalist of words. Anthony Trendl