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From Afterwit to Zemblanity: 100 Endangered Words Brought Back to Life

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Though our 'information age' is drowning us in words - most notably through the rapid rise in popularity of the blog - our collective vocabulary seems to be growing ever more impoverished. So here is a collection of rare and neglected words that, if reintroduced, will help breathe much-needed life, savour and vitality back into the English language and will delight anyone keen to enrich their verbal repertoire. Each of these 100 hand-picked words comes with a precise definition, a quotation from literature, a personal note from the author validating its inclusion in the book, and, as a light-hearted finale, an example of its use in a witty piece of serialised fiction. And these words are not just fun, they're useful! Zaftig, for example, allows you to say 'pleasingly plump' without giving mortal offence. And what about millihelen, a unit equal to 'enough beauty to launch a single ship'?"Small tear on dustjacket"
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Though our 'information age' is drowning us in words - most notably through the rapid rise in popularity of the blog - our collective vocabulary seems to be growing ever more impoverished. So here is a collection of rare and neglected words that, if reintroduced, will help breathe much-needed life, savour and vitality back into the English language and will delight anyone keen to enrich their verbal repertoire. Each of these 100 hand-picked words comes with a precise definition, a quotation from literature, a personal note from the author validating its inclusion in the book, and, as a light-hearted finale, an example of its use in a witty piece of serialised fiction. And these words are not just fun, they're useful! Zaftig, for example, allows you to say 'pleasingly plump' without giving mortal offence. And what about millihelen, a unit equal to 'enough beauty to launch a single ship'?"Small tear on dustjacket"

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Author Simon Hertnon
Publisher New Holland Publishers (UK)
Place London
Year 2008
ISBN 9781869661939
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
Dustjacket Condition Good
Comments Small tear on dustjacket

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