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Depraved and Insulting English

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Originally published as two distinct collections, Depraved and Insulting English brings to light the language's most offensive and obscene words--words that have fallen out of today's lexicon 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 persp ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 14th 2002 by Mariner Books
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David
Warning: this might not be everyone's cup of tea. But it's the kind of book I find irresistible.

OK, I can sense your silent entreaties even from here. You want some examples. Here are some of my favorites:

bescumber (verb): to splatter with feces; to spray with ordure.
rudesby (noun): a loud boor; a generally offensive person.
scombroid (adj): resembling a mackerel.
tittery-whoppet (noun): an archaic euphemism for what is nowadays referred to as the va-jay-jay.
feague (verb): to insert an 'energizin
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Ksenia Anske
What could be better on an awful day than calling someone the most obscene and offensive word imaginable? There is something that could be. It’s the fact that the one called that awful offensive word might not even comprehend what horror has befallen him. Or her. There are plenty of disgusting names for both sexes in this little gem of a book, and the pleasure you will derive in seeing the puzzled face of your enemy will undoubtedly make your bad day so much better, you will dare to grin a sinis ...more
Bill
Interesting book. I like the ability of insulting someone without them realizing that they have been insulted. A lot of the words deal with defacatory and execratory functions. The book is in desperate need of a definition to word index, otherwise the practical use of these bon mots is limited.
Katie
This book will always be in my reading it shelve since it is really a dictonary and I learn a new word every day.
It is just a wonderfully funny book and I can now confuse my friends even more when I speak with them or use the words in a bar to get a person to stop talking to me.
Mariah Smith
Novobatzky and Shea are two authors who must have once been the kids who just loved to write snide and offensive sentences using assigned vocabulary words, but could never publicize them... until now. All grown up, they now have a more appropriate (okay, appropriate is DEFINITELY the wrong word) audience for their junior-high-style bawdy imaginative sentences, only they got to choose the words. They carefully chose some of the most usefully disgusting terms from a large number of cited resources ...more
Geoff Combs
Jul 03, 2007 Geoff Combs rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brandy, any gamer
Thank you Maxim Magazine for this one. I almost lost it to Larry and other assorted folks it's so good. Find out words you never thought existed, and repatriate them to the English language! For instance, don't just club someone, use a pizzle* to beat them! Don't say 'that girl has a nice ass', say "My, what a pygobombe** she is!"

*Pizzle: a cane made from a dried and stretched bull's penis. Popular in the Victorian era.

**Pygobombe: a woman with round shapely buttocks.
Sarah
A reference book for insulting words that are now in disuse, or completely forgotten.

This book is excellent so far. Funny, intelligent and setting me up with an arsenal of new insults.
Heather
I consult this all the time for witty remarks that others don't understand. This might be the best gift I was ever given. Chock full of naughty, naughty, words :)
Aletha
Dec 04, 2007 Aletha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: English majors!
My friend Erin-poo Bardonner got this for me for my birthday. I love her. And this book. Super funny for a lover of the written and spoken word!
Tara
Jun 22, 2007 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: smart people who wish to expand their vocabulary so as to insult morons.
One of the most useful books I own, the only thing I wish it had was some sort of cross-referencing index.
Eric Helms
Highly recommended for anyone that loves learning new and obscure words, and word nerds in general.
Smellsofbikes
Standard big annotated list of funny words -- good, and with plenty of obscure stuff.
Stephen Weber
If you don't own this book, you're little more than a lant-drinking trugabelly!
Maria
Jul 27, 2011 Maria marked it as to-read
Have not yet read all of this but it has to be returned. Would be great to own!
Eduardo
Most awesome grotesque vocabulary expander.
Wasabi
A man of loose behaviour can be refered to as a FRANION
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