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The Illustrated Compendium of Weirdly Specific Words Book

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An illustrated dictionary of the 300+ most specific words in the English language, along with their definitions, roots, and (hilarious) usage quotes!

Have you ever been lying in your bed, surrounded by crumbs and wrappers, feasting on your fifth pop tart and thought, “I wish there was a word for this”? Well, there is! Accubationis - the practice of eating and drinking while lying down. The English language is populated by many words that have a regular place in everyday conversation, and The Illustrated Compendium of Weirdly Specific Words celebrates these words by featuring definitions, origins and usage, and coupling illustrations.

Words include:

Badling (noun) - a group of ducks
Crapulence (noun) - sickness resulting from eating too much
Guddle (verb) - fishing only with your hands
Kaiju (noun) - A film genre characterized by giant, terrifying monsters
Slugabed (noun) - A lazy person who stays in bed late
Wegotism (noun) - The excessive use of the word ‘we’

With more than 300 insanely specific words, you’d think that you would know a few of them, right? Well, think again! We’re willing to wager that you don’t know a single one of these words! Unless, of course, you have a special interest in the smell of horse urine (the word for that particular odor is jumentuous). The Illustrated Compendium of Weirdly Specific Words not only captures these words through equally specific illustrations, it also tells you what they mean! And like so many great reference books before it, it is organized in alphabetical order, from aglet to zopissa.

  • 256 pages
  • Hardcover book
  • By Tyler Vendetti
  • Illustrated by Rebecca Pry
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