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The Dictionary of Misinformation

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  80 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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Mass Market Paperback, 334 pages
Published 1977 by Ballantine (first published 1975)
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Michael
I remember reading bits of this in a dog-eared mass market paperback when I was in high school. My much smarter friend Scott had read it and I wanted to be as brainy as he was. But then he took back his copy, and I forgot about he book entirely until seeing it mentioned in a Ken Jennings' acknowledgment. So bought a used copy and read it straight through.

A terrific book for pedants and know-it-alls, and while I now a fair bit of what you can find in here, there was enough that I had no idea abou
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Dan Pepper
A good concept, but it's certainly hurt by its age at this point. Also, long entries on minor grammatical points were particularly annoying. Definitely some useful misinformation, though. Things like Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. I really enjoyed learning about some of the various Shakespearean quotations and what they actually mean in context, often the opposite of their use as sayings.
Yusuf Ks
Oct 15, 2011 Yusuf Ks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book reveals a lot of facts that many people have missed. Some people thought a thing was a fact but in fact it's a misinformation. This book was written in 1974, so it would be nice to see an update :)
Matt
Jun 11, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book introduced me to the joys of pedantic contrarianism and probably safeguarded my virginity for many years. Still, glad I read it.
Smith Q. Johns
Nov 24, 2011 Smith Q. Johns rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think I read a 6th of this book. And then maybe I lost it.
Don Gubler
Some gee whiz stuff here but certainly nothing earth shattering.
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