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The Wonder of Whiffling: And Other Extraordinary Words in the English Language

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'The Wonder of Whiffling' is a hugely enjoyable, surprising and rewarding tour of English around the globe (with fine coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under and elsewhere).
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Particular Books
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Laura
Jul 19, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
So many gorgeous words it is almost painfully enjoyable to read. Without this book I would never be abe to refer to myself as a dobbet, (a short, stumpy little person), or a grinagog (someone who is always grinning, believe it or not). I would never have known how how apt an adjective 'mackabroin' could be, from 1546 and meaning, if you really want to know, 'a hideous old woman'. And where would any of us be without the words goostrumnoodle and clumperton to mean 'fool'?; or 'clitherer' to refer ...more
Bob Hartley
Aug 05, 2014 Bob Hartley rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I don't have a coffee table. It's just a compendium that could have been written better.
It's quite sad how much research must have gone into this, considering I've never heard of some of the words that supposedly come from Liverpool, and it's lacking some obvious dialectic and colloquial words. It's no Etymologicon.
Also annoying is when adjectives are described as "a person who..."
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