WORD NERD


WORD NERD

SUSANNA GEOGHEGAN & M. POWELL    Book Number: 90314    Product format: Hardback

A logolept is another term for a word nerd and epeolatry is a noun meaning the worship of words! What's the difference between a bibliophile and a bibliophagist? A bibliophile loves the book, the smell and the aesthetic of books, and may have hundreds of them displayed proudly at home, including several first editions, and may even boast excitedly about loving books. The bibliophagist is the real deal because he or she is simply a voracious reader. Which one are you? Ask Dr Johnson the meaning of a quake-buttock - answer, a coward. There are wonderful terms for collective nouns like a convocation of eagles, and a rookery of albatrosses. A shape with 99 sides is called an enneacontakaienneagon. Boffering is the hobby of mock medieval combat wearing padded armour and wielding a foam-covered weapon. Interesting origins of eponyms include quisling, a traitor who collaborates with an enemy occupying force. Dreamt is the only word in English that ends with 'mt'. Queueing is the only word in the English language that contains five consecutive vowels. What is the Bechdel test? It is a measure of the representation of women in fiction (films, books, plays etc.) featuring at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Hallux is the anatomical name for your big toe. What are the ten most over-used and useless English phrases? They include at the end of the day, I personally, with all due respect and so I turned round and said... And there are words for such feelings as a calm and content mood that follows a pleasant night's sleep - euneirophrenia. English is full of beauty and surprises and if you are a lover of weird and wonderful etymology here is a boat load of phrases and information about the English language in a guaranteed prolix-free zone. Grey and yellow beautifully designed and large print and line art. 96 yellow edged pages.
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ISBN 9781788402019
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