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Depraved and Insulting English [Paperback]

Peter Novobatsky
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A merger has taken place between Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea's books Depraved English and Insulting English. The result? Depraved and Insulting English. "Some of the entries are lascivious," the authors say, "some revolting, and others derogatory. A few are all of these things." This book will provide blissful browsing for anyone who ever got a fourth-grade thrill from looking up naughty words in the dictionary or, later, felt a frisson of pleasure from using obscure but racy words that few others understood. Many of the terms here--such as coprolagnia, cypripareunia, hybristophiliac, peotillomian, and sacofricosis--sound downright illicit. More intriguing are the words that sound perfectly acceptable, like blissom, feist, and plooky. But watch out for the plooky fellow who lets out a feist when he blissoms; he's actually a pimply guy who farts silently while copulating with ewes. Eeew. --Jane Steinberg

From Publishers Weekly

Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea, the gleefully naughty authors of Depraved English and Insulting English, combine their two guides to the puerile side of our popular tongue into one salty volume, efficiently titled Depraved and Insulting English. Sure, the words mome, limberham, encopresis are good, but what's better are the authors' usage examples, which demonstrate a mischievous exuberance. Explaining a particularly intense form of voyeurism, the authors write: "Being struck suddenly blind would have taxed any man, but for Mr. Bigelow, with his acute scopophilia, it smacked of divine vengeance."
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From Library Journal

Novobatzky and Shea here fuse together their two earlier works, Depraved English and Insulting English, to reintroduce their humorous comments about obscure insults and "depraved" or vulgar words. Two factors make this book more of a humor reading than a reference resource: the exclusive listing of words that most readers have never seen and reliance on author-created examples of word usage instead of quotations. Each entry includes a basic definition, pronunciation, and commentary on how words like fubsy or furfuraceous could be currently used. Since the book lacks authentic quotations or etymology, incredulous readers must rely on the bibliography of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other resources from which the words were selected. Some cross references are included, but there is no index listing the unfamiliar words by topic. Richard Spears's Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo, and Related Matters offers a more comprehensive and authoritative treatment of the same subject. An optional purchase for circulating collections at public libraries where this type of humor is appreciated. Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review

PRAISE FOR DEPRAVED ENGLISH AND INSULTING ENGLISH

"Read them, learn them, use them in everyday conversation, and salvage our linguistic heritage!"--Maxim

"A book on language that you can read on subway, bus, and plane--though you have to be ready for surprised looks when you laugh out loud or give little yelps of joy. . . . If someone is majoring in English, give him or her this book. Give it to your randy grandma."--Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis

"An invaluable and cleverly worked vade mecum for those millions of us who (a) are fascinated by sex and (b) enjoy insulting people. No intelligent home should be without it."--Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

About the Author

Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea are the authors of Depraved English and Insulting English. They both live in New York City.
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