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Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words

Josefa Heifetz Byrne

Published by University Books, Inc., Secaucus, New Jersey, 1977
ISBN 10: 0821602039 / ISBN 13: 9780821602034
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Title: Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure,...

Publisher: University Books, Inc., Secaucus, New Jersey

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Slight discoloration to DJ covers, small stains to top page edges. Bookseller Inventory # 104557

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Synopsis: A supplemental reference provides an offbeat source of unusual, obscure, and very legitimate English language terms, clearly and whimsically defined for the benefit of those needing "just the right word."

Review: First it must be known that all 6000 weird words lovingly compiled by Mrs. Byrne are "real" English words, legitimized by at least one major dictionary. That said, the inclusions are delightfully ludicrous, unfailingly obscure and often sadly missing from common parlance. The English language seems the poorer without "furfuraceous" (covered with dandruff), "omphaloskepsis" (meditation while gazing at one's navel) or "blabagogy" (a criminal environment). It's the most addictively interesting dictionary imaginable.

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