Absquatulate. Flumadiddle. Gongoozler. Squintifego. If you love words, you know the strange byways of memory or reverie that stumbling across a certain word or phrase will take you down, especially if it's one you're discovering and finding the meaning of for the first time. Chances are, you have never encountered words as unusual as those collected in this audiobook.
You'll find definitions and parts of speech for each entry. And for each word, the author has also included a quotation to show how the word can be used in context. His hope is that this book will spark interest in these ostrobogulous words and that you will use them in your daily conversations - perhaps as a humorous social-science experiment to see what kinds of reactions you receive. Amaze your friends with your selcouth vocabulary and indulge your inner logophile!
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©2013 Michael Gates (P)2013 Michael Gates
Great fun learning new and strange words, seeing some of them in literature, and hearing stories about them. Good book for a grammar nerd and anyone who wants to learn new and weird sounding words.
educational, weird, quotable
As this was a non fiction book, I don't think that there were actually any characters. Now the author related some antidotes during the book that were interesting.
I enjoyed the simple way he presented the words. It seemed as tho he was reading the words and definitions in his own voice but then used his 'character' voices when reading quotes containing the words we just learned.
This is a book that I did enjoy. Since I received this book free in exchange for an honest review, I listened to it straight through. This is a book that I would listen to again but in stages. Maybe listen one letter at a time or in timed intervals. By doing that I would be able to absorb the meanings of the words better. I tend to listen to books while doing other things ie: driving. This is a book that requires more focused attention.
Mr. Chekijian gave a nice performance and I would love to hear more of his work.
Yes. It will take a couple runs through to really master the words, but that wouldn't be a problem because I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and short examples he used to describe the words; it was a pure stroke of genius.
I wish I could find other books like this, but I haven't been able to.
The part in the book where he gives an example of the word ackamarackus, "of course i would never engage in such balderdash except when I have to conduct personal business that involves writing to some bureaucratic entity, then I turn on the ackamarackus faucet. I start my email with a salutation like 'Dear blank officer (no matter how lowly the recipient) and then compose my request or inquiry using diction and sentence structure of a honey tongued aristocrat 'may I inquiry', 'would it be acceptable', 'may I be so bold as to', 'naturally you may wonder', 'perhaps you would consider' etc. They seem to lap it up.
It made me laugh so much I love it!
the stories that words tell
Loved this book would recommend it to anyone who is concerned with enhancing their vocabulary.
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