There's a Word for It!: A Grandiloquent Guide to Life

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Gallery Books, Sep 1, 1997 - Education - 272 pages
Warning: This is not simply another book about obscure English words. Instead, it's an open-armed invitation to go on a mischievous, quirky, madcap expedition through the depths of our unabridged dictionaries, where you will learn about all the exceptional words you never knew you needed to know to live a fuller, more verbally enriched life. Consider that without realizing it we may have engaged in acokoinonia (sex without passion or desire), been bored to tears by the company of a philodox (someone in love with his or her own opinions), or suffered from recurrent matutolypea (getting up on the wrong side of the bed). There's a Word for It! will help you plug gaping holes in your vocabulary and apply vibrant color to the blank spots in your picture of the world. The book also contains a dazzling selection of light verse by such famous (and fabulous) scribes as Hogden Gnash, Anais Numb, and G. B. Pshaw. Get ready to dig into this delectable lexical feast, served up by the language connoisseur William Safire calls "ek-STROR-di-ner-ee."

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I wish I had more opportunities to use the words in this book, because they're fantastic. There are plenty of words that can be used day to day (you can stop calling those little plastic things at the ... Read full review

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Elster is a journalist, radio commentator on language, and author of useful and entertaining previous books on pronunciation (Is There a Cow in Moscow?, Macmillan, 1990). Here in 12 fascinating and ... Read full review


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Charles Harrington Elster is the author of The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, Verbal Advantage, and other books about words. He is a guest contributor to The New York Times Magazine's "On Language" column and has been a commentator on hundreds of radio shows.

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