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The Whatchamacallit: Those Everyday Objects You Just Can't Name (And Things You Think You Know about, but Don't)

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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.


The world is full of whatchamacallits things we ought to know the names for, might even think we know the names for, but when it comes down to it, don t know the names for. That s where The Whatchamacallit comes in. A fun and witty companion to daily life, The Whatchamacallit provides the proper names

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Published September 1st 2011 by MJF Books
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The title is self-explanatory. Terrific book for people who collect words. If you ever need to refer to the hardened tips of shoelaces, you now have a word. I consider myself relatively well-read, but was familiar with only 20 of the 200 definitions. Great present for friends who like word trivia.
Fun, short explanations of lesser known words like aglet and philtrum.
Very tongue in cheek, each entry gives a bit of history about the word.
I learned a number of very important words from this book.
Shonna Froebel
This very cool book was recommended by a coworker. I found terms I knew well, and many that I did not. Examples of use or detailed descriptions are given, and many entries also include related terms. My favourites include:
* tmesis (the separation of parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words, such as abso-bloody-lutely)
* tittle (the dot on top of the lower case i and j)
* pulicue (the distance between the forefinger and thumb when extended)
* phosphene (sensation of light ca
A lot of fun! This is a great little book to pick up at odd moments. You probably wouldn't want to sit down and read it cover to cover, but it's fun to dip into. It lists names for common objects whose names you probably don't know. It also tells a bit of the history of the object in question. For example, did you know that frisbees were named for pies made in a bakery owned by a Mr. Frisbie in Bridgeport, Ct.? He bought the bakery in 1871 and made the popular pies in tin baking dishes which cou ...more
Alissa Bach
Jul 03, 2009 Alissa Bach rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: non-fiction
What do you call a vehicle with only one headlight lit? What about those little non-edible bags of stuff found in foods to keep them fresh? Or those little dots on dice? What about those thingies used to measure your feet when shopping for shoes? Or the technical term for the "fist bump" greeting that is so commonly seen among friends?

"The Whatchamacallit," by Danny Danzer and Mark McCrum can answer these questions. This strange and fascinating book is a collection of terms used to describe tho
Danny Danziger and Mark McCrum set out to accomplish a unique task - find the names of those everyday items that seem to slip from our tongues. The majority of the book is amuzing and informative, offering insights into the punctual interrobang, the noisy borborygmus, the digital dongle, and the interruptive tmesis. While I did find some useful additions to my vocabulary (the cartoony grawlix and the jet-related contrail), I feel the book lacks substance. Considering the variety of verbiage that ...more
H.L. Burke
Cute little book with fun facts. A nice assortment of words to learn. Might be a good book for a scrabble player who needs to be able to justify the word "zarf."
Really 3.5

A very short book that's really just a list of words and their definitions. It's supposed to be things that we encounter every day and just don't know the names of. Which it mostly is. (Some are less everyday, and some you already know the definition of.) And that's about it. Some entertainment, and it was short. Seems like they could have done better delving into etymology or history or something.
♥ Sandi
Wonderful little book detailing things you may see and use on a daily basis, but have no idea what they are called. This book not only names them but gives you a small briefing about how they came to be and what they are meant to be. A fasinating and fun collection of terms covering just about every word group imagainable. Wonder what a Deely - bopper is or Gluteal crease is....time to read this book! 3 stars
Roy Murry
Very interesting book. Now I know what aglet, eylet, burpee,contails, and etc. are. Always enjoy learning. These and many other words defined in this book I will use in my writing.
Rianna B
Really great. Fun & informative book of words. Feel smarter because you can name things.. like achenes (ah-keens), the seeds on strawberries.. & so many other words.
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