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Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure,…

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

by Josefa Heifetz Byrne

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It is unusual to find a dictionary with the holding power to keep you reading and laughing for hours, but that's what this will do. I found the "nomancies" enough of a motivation to keep reading, and once took on the personal challenge of finding an excuse to use cephalonomancy in a sentence. Not surprisingly it was in an economics discussion that I found a window of opportunity. Highly recommended for the word freak in you. ( )
  JacksonArthur | Mar 31, 2013 |
longest word in the English language, and other cool words. A must for Scrabble. ( )
  stunik | May 28, 2009 |
hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian, (hip-o-pot-e-mon-stroses-kwi-pe-da-li-en), adj. pertaining to a very, very long word. ( )
  Porius | Oct 27, 2008 |
Here at last is a REAL dictionary for those of us who have a taste for those beautiful obscure words. English majors, crossword lovers, trivia freaks, or just those that have a LOVE for the written word will pass many an amused hour rifling through the pages of this wonderful lexicon.
HIGHLY recommended. ( )
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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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