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Foyle's Philavery

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The word 'philavery' was invented to describe this book - a collection of words chosen simply on the grounds of their aesthetic appeal. Some of these words appeal because of their aptness, some for their obscurity, some for their euphony, and some for their quirkiness.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 27th 2008 by Chambers (first published 2007)
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Josephine Eli
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Lot's of fun and useful words! As a writer, I find this little gem of a book extremely resourceful!

Some of person favorites:
cabotinage: over-dramatic behavior typical of a second-rate actor.
I mean...Who knew there was a word for that? The really funny thing is that while I was writing, I was describing a character of that exact behavior! I opened the book, and there it was....cabotinage...the word of my dreams. I knew I loved it before I met it.

dangleation: dallying with girls, flirtation.
...more
Adam J. M. Eagleton
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love words.
An excellent reference book. As a writer, I find there is something delicious in finding a curious word, and this book does not disappoint.

Philavery n. an idiosyncratic collection of uncommon and pleasing words.
Nick Davies
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
A very interesting collection of words, which makes this a book to dip into (but an entertaining one at that). Plenty of quirky bits and bobs - I particularly like 'abacinate', and it appears that Slayer like this word too.
Georna
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Described as a treasury of unusual words, this is an absolute necessity for a writer's bookshelf. You don't actually "finish" a book like this. You read it for ever.
Elle Cuddy
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellently useful!
Peze
Aug 01, 2009 rated it liked it
For word lovers - A book to dip into on occasion; expand your word power.
Tabitha Charlesworth
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love devouring this book when I want some new words to try using. Such an interesting compilation of words which would otherwise slip away unused. A real treasure for dictionary geeks!!
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Christopher Foyle is the chairman of the Foyles bookshop in London. He previously worked in the business in the 60s under his aunt Christina but left after he was allowed little responsibility. He then formed a successful air freight business, but returned to Foyles in 1999 when Christina made him director just before her death.