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A word a day : a romp through some of the most unusual and intriguing words in E
Garg, Anu.
Adult Nonfiction PE1449 .G335 2003

Comments  Summary  Contents  Author Notes

ContentsPage
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
1 - Animal Wordsp. 5
Crabwise
Testudinate
Gadfly
Kangaroo court
Waspish
2 - Latin Termsp. 9
Quid pro quo
Rara avis
Sine die
Annus mirabilis
Sub rosa
3 - Words to Describe People Ip. 13
Philosophaster
Autocrat
Adamantine
Satrap
Anchorite
4 - Lesser-Known Counterparts of Everyday Wordsp. 16
Epizootic
Anile
Estivate
Thegosis
Trilemma
5 - Words for Odds and Endsp. 20
Aglet
Chad
Tittle
Grommet
Pintle
6 - Reduplicativesp. 24
Shilly-shally
Tussie-mussie
Herky-jerky
Wishy-washy
Knick-knack
7 - Discover the Theme Ip. 27
Tessera
Hypolimnion
Decerebrate
Homonym
Extravasate
8 - Gender-Specific Nounsp. 30
Caryatid
Telamon
Gynarchy
Androcracy
Nymphomania
Satyriasis
9 - Verbsp. 33
Cogitate
Decoct
Perorate
Shamble
Redact
10 - Coined Words Ip. 36
Googol
Blurb
Boondoggle
Heebie-jeebies
Runcible
11 - Back-Formationsp. 40
Emote
Admix
Aesthete
Adulate
Accrete
12 - Portmanteauxp. 43
Cremains
Cinematheque
Carmine
Birl
13 - Short Wordsp. 45
Vim
Fey
Gest
Dun
Maw
14 - Words That Make the Spell-Checker Ineffectivep. 48
Impassible
Wether
Specie
Angary
Demur
15 - Names for Thingsp. 51
Crossbuck
Hallux
Septum
Ocellus
Newel
16 - Words Formed by Metathesisp. 54
Scart
Prad
Bort
Gride
Scrimmage
17 - Words Not to Put on Your Resumep. 57
Manque
Distrait
Recreant
Garrulous
Truculent
18 - A Verbal Zoop. 60
Welkin
Aphelion
Endogamy
Vamoose
Epigone
19 - Words from Medicinep. 63
Sternutation
Nosocomial
Antitussive
Prophylaxis
Aperient
20 - Semordnilapp. 66
Avid
Ogre
Debut
Nonet
Rebus
21 - Words with Color as Metaphorp. 69
Blue rinse
Greenmail
Brown study
Purple passage
Pink collar
22 - Words That Make One Say, "I Didn't Know There Was a Word for That!"p. 72
Dol
Murdrum
Thalweg
Scurf
Mora
23 - Wordpixp. 75
Verboten
Supernumerary
Epicene
Diastema
Ullage
24 - Wordpix IIp. 78
Chevron
Maverick
Pecuniary
Pariah
25 - Wordpix IIIp. 80
Pendulous
Acclivity
Kowtow
Oology
Inebriety
26 - Words with Offbeat Pluralizationsp. 83
Opus
Occiput
Chrysalis
Numen
Virtuoso
27 - Words about Relationsp. 86
Agnate
Miscegenation
Progenitor
Enate
Primogenitor
28 - Collective Nounsp. 89
Sounder
Nide
Skein
Skulk
Bevy
29 - Positive Wordsp. 93
Sipid
Pervious
Vincible
Furl
Requite
30 - Discover the Theme IIp. 95
Dekko
Ait
Bijou
Horst
Dotty
31 - Lesser-Known Synonyms of Everyday Wordsp. 98
Athenaeum
Tokology
Debark
Sartorial
Cancrine
32 - Words from Speechesp. 102
Manacle
Chasm
Attainder
Sentient
Mirabile dictu
33 - Words That Contain the Vowels AEIOU Once and Only Oncep. 106
Armigerous
Epuration
Inquorate
Ossuary
Uvavorite
34 - Coined Words IIp. 110
Eustasy
Pangaea
McJob
Locust years
Prehensile
35 - English as a Global Languagep. 113
Nous
Dyscalculia
Timorous
Soporific
Morose
36 - Eponymsp. 117
Fletcherize
Grinch
John Bull
Aristarch
Chicken Little
37 - Words about Words Ip. 120
Haplography
Obiter dictum
Asyndeton
Verbigeration
Brachylogy
38 - Uncommon Words with Common Suffixesp. 124
Oniomania
Garbology
Onychophagia
Philography
Theophany
39 - Words to Describe People IIp. 127
Pertinacious
Pixilated
Oscitant
Punctilious
Pococurante
40 - Ordinal Wordsp. 130
Fifth column
Fourth estate
Third degree
Second fiddle
First water
41 - Words for Odds and Endsp. 133
Albedo
Dewlap
Chaplet
Gnomon
Finial
42 - Red-Herring Wordsp. 136
Sextet
Potatory
Gyrovague
Discommode
Obsequy
43 - Discover the Theme IIIp. 139
Mecca
Redd
Ogee
Vug
Plica
44 - Newer Words in the Oxford English Dictionaryp. 142
Full monty
Bad hair day
Nutraceutical
Retail therapy
Webliography
45 - War of Words and Words of Warp. 147
Pyrrhic victory
Casus belli
Fetial
Polemology
Spoliation
46 - Words for Physical Characteristics Used to Describe People Figurativelyp. 150
Louche
Clochard
Myopic
Dexterous
Ambisinister
47 - Words Evolved from Folk Etymologiesp. 154
Humble pie
Kickshaw
Wiseacre
Rakehell
Chaise longue
48 - Words about Words IIp. 157
Hobson-Jobson
Dittography
Eye dialect
Epenthesis
Idiolect
49 - Words Formed Using Combining Formsp. 163
Misocainea
Piliform
Ichnology
Steganography
Chiromancy
50 - Toponyms, or Words Derived from Place Namesp. 167
Ultima Thule
El Dorado
Timbuktu
Stoic
Brigadoon
51 - Words for Body Parts That Are Used Metaphoricallyp. 170
Visceral
Liverish
Adrenalize
Phlegmatic
Jugular
52 - Red-Herring Words Revisitedp. 173
Debridement
Escheat
Antiphony
Limpid
Sexcentenary
53 - Words from Nature's Oeuvrep. 176
Fjord
Estuary
Peninsula
Archipelago
Massif
54 - Words about People Who Love Booksp. 179
Bibliophage
Bibliophile
Bibliotaph
Biblioklept
Bibliophobe
55 - Mondegreens and Other Linguistic Faux Pasp. 183
Mondegreen
Spoonerism
Malapropism
Answers to the "Discover the Theme" Chaptersp. 193
Bibliographyp. 195
Index of Wordsp. 197


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