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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (Aug. 14 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156011492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156011495
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #493,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this as a gift and have since bought it for others. Is truly as it describes itself - a reference book that you can start reading at any page.

The only problem is that you find yourself reading too much at a time, and the definitions will stick as memorable, but the words don't. Often at work I have really wanted to call someone "an odor resulting from the belching of an intoxicated person" but the specific word escaped me. Read slowly and try to use a word a day to get the most out of this book.

The gems of this book are the words that sound so dirty but actually have very appropriate meanings. Example: Who wouldn't get upset when called a "pricklouse"? Me, because I know it just means "tailor".

This is a perfect gift for the word (or insult) enthusiast who has everything.
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Though I wished this book was a little more organized (beyond simple alphabetizing), I still found it most useful. Great vocabulary to have, especially when you want to let someone have a peice of your mind but don't actually want them to hear you... but you kind of do... but don't... you know the situation.. this book is the key to solving that paradox! So the next time that jobberknowle takes 11 items to the 10-items-or-less isle at the grocery store and starts to pay with a check, you'll find yourself speaking to him/her on terms they aren't familiar with!! Ever been around people who spoke a different language than you, and you knew they were saying something about you but you didn't know what? ...now it's time to level the playing field!! This book is written all in fun, and reads like a book even though it is in dictionary format. You'll definitely get a kick out of it. Some words in the book aren't fully detailed enough to understand, and others are downright useless, but overall this book is a fun read... I do think 10 bucks is a bit steep though... buy it used!
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By Michael O on Oct. 3 2002
Format: Paperback
I was standing at a bookstore's special orders desk, waiting and I picked up this little volume. I was stunned. My laughter flowed like water in Niagra. I've used several of the lovely words, with friends and associates. Last night at my poker game I gave a small educational lecture about the english language, and made sure to keep my drink next to me - so with my compatriots newfound knowledge, they would not find a moment to leint my beer. I recommend this book to anyone that find's language interesting and/or useful.
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2002
Format: Paperback
Can't say that I expected to find this sort of stuff to be funny, but I'll admit I was wrong. Rarely have I laughed like this at a book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Perfect light reading for the linguistic connoisseur March 24 2004
By Susan Howson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I received this as a gift and have since bought it for others. Is truly as it describes itself - a reference book that you can start reading at any page.

The only problem is that you find yourself reading too much at a time, and the definitions will stick as memorable, but the words don't. Often at work I have really wanted to call someone "an odor resulting from the belching of an intoxicated person" but the specific word escaped me. Read slowly and try to use a word a day to get the most out of this book.

The gems of this book are the words that sound so dirty but actually have very appropriate meanings. Example: Who wouldn't get upset when called a "pricklouse"? Me, because I know it just means "tailor".

This is a perfect gift for the word (or insult) enthusiast who has everything.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Funny and, at times.... useful! March 2 2003
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Though I wished this book was a little more organized (beyond simple alphabetizing), I still found it most useful. Great vocabulary to have, especially when you want to let someone have a peice of your mind but don't actually want them to hear you... but you kind of do... but don't... you know the situation.. this book is the key to solving that paradox! So the next time that jobberknowle takes 11 items to the 10-items-or-less isle at the grocery store and starts to pay with a check, you'll find yourself speaking to him/her on terms they aren't familiar with!! Ever been around people who spoke a different language than you, and you knew they were saying something about you but you didn't know what? ...now it's time to level the playing field!! This book is written all in fun, and reads like a book even though it is in dictionary format. You'll definitely get a kick out of it. Some words in the book aren't fully detailed enough to understand, and others are downright useless, but overall this book is a fun read... I do think 10 bucks is a bit steep though... buy it used!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
impulse shopping Oct. 3 2002
By Michael O - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was standing at a bookstore's special orders desk, waiting and I picked up this little volume. I was stunned. My laughter flowed like water in Niagra. I've used several of the lovely words, with friends and associates. Last night at my poker game I gave a small educational lecture about the english language, and made sure to keep my drink next to me - so with my compatriots newfound knowledge, they would not find a moment to leint my beer. I recommend this book to anyone that find's language interesting and/or useful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Full of Great Laughs!! Feb. 22 2012
By emilleejoyce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
While I bought this book as a gift for my boyfriend, I can still vouch for its entertainment value. It has brought both my boyfriend and I a great deal of enjoyment as we flip through the pages and laugh at the definitions. It is perfect for someone with a casual interest such as us. Not overtly technical, organized well, and full of enjoyment with strange pictures and even stranger definitions!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must have for sarcastic folk. Dec 23 2010
By Levon Atwood Esq - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll keep this short. It's a great comprehensive guide to obscure words and insults. If you are a fan of such things, or just like learning different words, this is a book for you. It is in dictionary form complete with word, pronunciation, context, definition and the occaisional illustration. Once you read it, you will finally know the proper term for all of those annoying cockalorums, muscods, breedbates and shotclogs you encounter every day. If you want to know what those words are, get the book.

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