'A majestic work of scholarship ... It illustrates perfectly the way that language evolves to fit historical and geographical circumstances ... Splendid.'--Philip Howard
'To everyone who loves words, it will be a treasure-house. It's one of those rare books that combine consummate scholarship with a sense of fun and emotional commitment.'
'Much more than a book of definitions, this dictionary is a flahoolach repository of the folklore and the folkways and even the sound and the spirit of pre-Hibernian oilfield, pre-Confederation Newfoundland. It is a book which, combined with a working fireplace, can use up your whole winter.'
'The whimsy and joyous spirit that even an outsider sees as the defining nature of a granite island that is closer to London than to Winnipeg.'
'A bracing tonic for those who fear that verbal sophistication in Canada has peaked with the McKenzie Brothers. And it is a book that can knock you off your tawt with laughter one moment and glaum you in wonder the next.'
'A majestic work of scholarship ... It illustrates perfectly the way that language evolves to fit historical and geographical circumstances ... Splendid.'