Weird and Wonderful Words (Hardcover)

Weird and Wonderful Words By Erin McKean (Editor), Roz Chast (Illustrator), Simon Winchester (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Erin McKean (Editor), Roz Chast (Illustrator), Simon Winchester (Foreword by)
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Description


Weird and Wonderful Words is a pot-pourri, a gallimaufry, a salmagundi, a treasure trove of colourful, quirky, and unusual words. Containing hundreds of definitions written in a clear and conversational style and full-page illustrations which offer a whimsical and hilarious view of our glorious language. Amuse yourself and entertain your friends with your knowledge of who a snollygoster or a Funambulist may be, what a humdudgeon or a nubbingcheat was, or why you might want to engage in catopromancy. Appendices include a bibliography of Oxford's dictionaries and a guide to creating your own unusual words correctly from Greek and Latin roots. The perfect stocking filler and gift book, Weird and Wonderful Words is sure to be a favourite of logophiles (word lovers) everywhere.

About the Author


Erin McKean is the Senior Editor for the Oxford University Press North American Dictionary Program and the Editor of Verbatim magazine.Roz Chast is a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker and the author of more than five books of cartoons.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780195159059
ISBN-10: 0195159055
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: October 24th, 2002
Pages: 144
Language: English