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Description - The Endangered English Dictionary by David Grambs

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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393316063
ISBN-10: 0393316068
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 142mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 17-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Grambs

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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