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Title:
Depraved English
Author:
Novobatzky, Peter.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xii, 163 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780312207731
Format :
Book

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Central Library PE1689 .N68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

From "aboiement" to "zooerastia," a guided tour of the lantrified underbelly of the English language
This unusual, un-put-downable little volume collects more than three hundred of the English language's most disgusting, offensive, and obscene words--words that have fallen out of common usage but will no doubt delight, amuse, and in some cases prove surprisingly useful. Who hasn't searched for the right word to describe a colleague's "maschalephidrosis" (runaway armpit perspiration), a boss's "pleonexia" (insane greed), or a buddy's "fumosities" (ill-smelling vapors from a drunken person's belches)?
Word lovers, chronic insulters, "berayers," "bescumbers," and "bespewers" need feel like tongue-tied "witlings" no more: Finding the correct, "keck"-inspiring word just got a whole lot easier.


Author Notes

Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea are New York-based word hounds. Depraved English is their first book.


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