Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot by David GrambsEndangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot by David Grambs

Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot

byDavid Grambs

Paperback | August 5, 1997

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We often hear about the richness of the English language, how many more words it contains than French or German. And yet modern desk dictionaries are the result of a paring away of that glory, so that merely standard, functional, current words remain. The price we pay for such convenience is the thousands of delightful words we never see or hear.

This book is an effort to save some of those words applicable to everyday life and countless word games from extinction. The resultant treasure trove of exotic verbal creatures is an indispensable resource for every lover of language.

A selection:
  • egrutten: having a face swollen from weeping
  • numquid: an inquisitive person
  • sardoodledum: drama that is contrived, stagy, or unrealistic
  • mimp: to purse one's lips
David Grambs has worked as a lexicographer, editor, travel reporter, and translator. He is the author of five other books pertaining to the English language, including The Endangered English Dictionary, and is coauthor of So You Think You Can Spell? with Ellen S. Levine.
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Title:Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary ForgotFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.66 inPublished:August 5, 1997Publisher:WW Norton

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ISBN - 10:0393316068

ISBN - 13:9780393316063

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Do you know what a jabot is? How about what circumvolution means? You might not find the answer to these questions in just any dictionary. Modern dictionaries are the result of a paring away of the glory of the English language so that merely standard, functional, current words remain. The price paid for such convenience is the thousands of delightful words never used. The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot saves such words from obliteration and allows you to impress your friends with your expanded word usage.

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The next time you see some guy stagger out of a bar ready to take on the world, 'drunk and feeling brave,' you can dismiss him with a single word: potvaliant! That short, fat person nearby on the subway is fubsy, and his thickset companion is spuddy. The loudmouth a few seats away is bloviating, his babblative chatter little more than clatterfart. This can be addictive. . . — Jonathan YardleyNow that Grambs has introduced me to it, I plan to make good use of 'bloviation,' meaning talking windily, as in political candidates or sports commentators. — Digby Diehl