Mrs Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words

by Josefa Heifetz Byrne

Other authorsRobert Byrne (Editor)
Paper Book, 1976




Secaucus : Citadel Press, 1976.

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LibraryThing member PandorasRequiem
Here at last is a REAL dictionary for those of us who have a taste for those beautiful obscure words. English majors, crossword lovers, trivia freaks, or just those that have a LOVE for the written word will pass many an amused hour rifling through the pages of this wonderful lexicon.
HIGHLY recommended.… (more)
LibraryThing member JacksonArthur
It is unusual to find a dictionary with the holding power to keep you reading and laughing for hours, but that's what this will do. I found the "nomancies" enough of a motivation to keep reading, and once took on the personal challenge of finding an excuse to use cephalonomancy in a sentence. Not surprisingly it was in an economics discussion that I found a window of opportunity. Highly recommended for the word freak in you.… (more)
LibraryThing member Porius
hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian, (hip-o-pot-e-mon-stroses-kwi-pe-da-li-en), adj. pertaining to a very, very long word.
LibraryThing member MiaCulpa
My work colleague has a copy of this book and it has become a habit of mine to open to a random page and find, for example, that there are a number of people in my office that have a scurfy ("pertaining to dandruff) problem or that many of them often look very mang (anxious or puzzled). Indeed, any random page will result in a pleasant journey into the wonderful world of words.

My colleague has highlighted some of his favourite words, including "whiskerino" (a beard growing contest"), "stasivalence" (the ability to have sexual intercourse only while standing) and the magnificent "lalochezia" (talking dirty to relieve tension) and I'm sure every reader will have their own preferences. Personally, I'm glad to see my own favourite word, "wayzgoose" (an annual holiday for those in the printing industry) is included.

This book also allows me to reminisce about the time when I was about 12 and innocently looked up the word "catamite", thinking it has something to do with railway stations. It doesn't, unless there's some even weirder fetishes out there than the sober human mind can imagine.
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LibraryThing member stunik
longest word in the English language, and other cool words. A must for Scrabble.


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