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Where a Dobdob Meets a Dikdik: A Word Lover's Guide to the Weirdest, Wackiest, and Wonkiest Lexical Gems
 
 
Author
Bill Casselman.
Publisher Adams  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781440506369
Pages/Publication Date 255/2010
Daedalus Item Code 20903
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How many people know how to pronounce humuhumunukunukuapuaa? How many even know that it's a fish? In this entertaining and browsable guide, etymologist Bill Casselman leads us through the deepest jungles of English, a mysterious place where you'll encounter sporanges (small mold-holding capsules) and Vampiroteuthis infernalis (the vampire squid of hell). From dobdob and dikdik to the outer reaches of ning-nong and prick-me-dainty, Casselman's linguistic landscape visits the strange, the surreal, and the mind-bogglingly weird among hundreds of essays explaining common and obscure words and expressions.
 
 
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