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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! This is the perfect book to dip and delve into anytime.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2013 Michael Gates (P)2013 Michael Gates

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"This is fabulous fun with unique words that you do not encounter on a regular basis…. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jack Chekjian, who was terrific. It is quite a challenging reading a list of words and definitions, while keeping it interesting. He has nice tone that keeps you engaged throughout…. I really enjoyed this and might pick up the print version of this just to highlight a few of my favorite words. I can also imagine using this as my own word a day challenge." ( Eargasms Audiobook Reviews)

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  • Jan
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  • 07-01-15

Much more fun than the OED Word A Day

I already get the daily emails from the OED and Anu Garg's Wordsmith, but this is ever so much more fun! You not only get to hear the word, but the context as well, followed by a bit of digression related to each word. I'm sure that the visual copy is fun, too, but Narrator Jack adds so much! With Jack, you can be assured that the pronunciations are correct, and there is enough quirk added to the definitions and digressions to compound the enjoyment of learning.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review

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  • Terri
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  • 06-18-15

Big words used in humorous ways...

***I was gifted this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. ***

This book has a ton of BIG words I have never heard of, but they are used in humorous ways. The words (most of them) sound so silly, it made me think they were making them up. Even though I didn't understand the words totally, each word was described and explained in simple ways. 5 minutes later I couldn't tell you what words were even used BUT I will say this... I sure had fun listening to it all.

This book would be an awesome gift for the brainiacs out there and for the people who know it all (not saying in a mean way). I think the genius's and the normal people alike would get a kick out of this book!

The author, Michael Gates sure is smart to even come up with all these words. I bow to you! You found a way to make me think and laugh at the same time. I even wonder if I couldn't learn these words if I did 1 a day. The narrator, Jack Chekijian, I take my hat off to you. You read that entire book without goofing it up! How you were able to pronounce all those words is beyond me! Kudos to you both for such a fine job and for totally entertaining me too!

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My own Word a Day listen

I had never thought about listening to the dictionary for fun. This is rather like that but with SAT type words. So many wonderful words, not sure they all stuck. I may have to listen a few more times!

I love words, total word nerd here!! This is fabulous fun with unique words that you do not encounter on a regular basis.

You are given the definition for each word and then they are used in example sentences or situations. These were rather fun in their own rights. It was definitely a great way to keep the reader engaged in something that is not typically entertaining.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jack Chekjian, who was terrific. It is quite a challenging reading a list of words and definitions, while keeping it interesting. He has nice tone that keeps you engaged throughout. I do not recommend one sitting for the listen, but rather doing sections at a time. He has a very pleasing voice and adds energy to the potentially dry material.

I really enjoyed this and might pick up he print version of this just to highlight a few of my favorite words. I can also imagine using this as my own word a day challenge.

Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.

*** If you found this review at all helpful, please take a moment to let me know. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed, all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An Oral Dictionary of some crazy words!

If you could sum up The Word I'm Thinking Of in three words, what would they be?

educational, weird, quotable

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Jack Chekijian’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.<br/><br/>Mr. Chekijian gave a nice performance and I would love to hear more of his work.

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Fun words

What did you love best about The Word I'm Thinking Of?

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.

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The Word I'm thinking of

This is a fun read narrated nicely by Jack Chekijian.What words do you use,is there a more grandeloquent word that could be substituted?This book has many to choose from!
I was given this book free for an honest review.

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Interesting

This book hits my nerd gene, times ten! I love words! My friends call me, when looking for definitions of words like barristas and pith...
I got this book via promo coupon, for an honest review.

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Interesting words to impress your friends

What did you love best about The Word I'm Thinking Of?

I liked that the subject is delivered with a touch of humor.. I liked learning the words.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Word I'm Thinking Of?

When I knew some of the words in the book. Very impressed with myself.

What about Jack Chekijian’s performance did you like?

Easy to understand, spoke with natural cadence and rhythm (hate narrators who speak monotone.)

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Word I'm Thinking Of?

Not sure about insights, but liked learning new words and expanding my vocabulary.

Any additional comments?

The words in this book are more rare and older than other books of the same subject matter. It's almost like a trip to the past. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

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WORDS

What did you like best about The Word I'm Thinking Of? What did you like least?

These are mostly very obscure words. He specifically says he is not showing derivations, but an understanding of the etymologies would have been very useful to see where these weirdo words came from. Very interesting audio book.

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Incredibly witty & humorous way to learn new words

Would you listen to The Word I'm Thinking Of again? Why?

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.

What other book might you compare The Word I'm Thinking Of to and why?

I wish I could find other books like this, but I haven't been able to.

Which scene was your favorite?

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. <br/><br/>It made me laugh so much I love it!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

the stories that words tell

Any additional comments?

Loved this book would recommend it to anyone who is concerned with enhancing their vocabulary.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful