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The Superior Person's Third Book of Well-Bred Words (edition 2001)

by Peter Bowler (Author)

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A third "brief dictionary for those who aspire to linguistic snobbery," offering unique words for (nearly) any occasion.
Title:The Superior Person's Third Book of Well-Bred Words
Authors:Peter Bowler (Author)
Info:David R. Godine, Publisher (2001), Edition: First Edition, 112 pages
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The Superior Person's Third Book of Well-Bred Words by Peter Bowler


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Over 500 words that you're unlikely to use and rarely encounter if at all. Though if you have specialist knowledge you might well meet one or two.

For example, every boy who has made a model aircraft carrier knows that the hook behind an aircraft is called an arrestor hook and the equipment on the carrier is called "arresting gear" - new term for handbrake!

The book might lead to some long-forgotten words returning to the language. For example "ravel" (v.) and still on a music theme "ostinato" (n.) - a repetative and simple melodic theme.

The author gives funny examples for use of the words, but does not say how they are pronounced.
  WorkinSuffolkIdio_s | Mar 15, 2007 |
Quite funny in places. Interesting in places. The sort of book you get bought but never buy. ( )
  sas | Aug 13, 2006 |
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