Depraved and Insulting English

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Originally published as two distinct collections, Depraved and Insulting English brings to light the language's most offensive and obscene words—words that have fallen out of today's lexicon but will no doubt delight, amuse, and in some cases prove surprisingly useful. Who hasn't searched for the right word to describe a colleague's maschalephidrosis (runaway armpit perspiration) or a boss's pleonexia (insane greed)? And what better way is there to insult the scombroid landlord (resembling a mackerel) or that ...

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Overview

Originally published as two distinct collections, Depraved and Insulting English brings to light the language's most offensive and obscene words—words that have fallen out of today's lexicon but will no doubt delight, amuse, and in some cases prove surprisingly useful. Who hasn't searched for the right word to describe a colleague's maschalephidrosis (runaway armpit perspiration) or a boss's pleonexia (insane greed)? And what better way is there to insult the scombroid landlord (resembling a mackerel) or that tumbrel of a brother-in-law (a person who is drunk to the point of vomiting) than by calling him by his rightful name?

A compact compendium of ingenious words for anyone who's been tongue-tied, flabbergasted, or dumbfounded, Depraved and Insulting English supplies the appropriate vocabulary for any occasion. Word lovers, chronic insulters, berayers, bescumbers, and bespewers need fear no more—finding the correct word to wow your friends or silence your enemies just got a whole lot easier.

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PRAISE FOR DEPRAVED ENGLISH AND INSULTING ENGLISH

"Read them, learn them, use them in everyday conversation, and salvage our linguistic heritage!"—Maxim

"A book on language that you can read on subway, bus, and plane—though you have to be ready for surprised looks when you laugh out loud or give little yelps of joy. . . . If someone is majoring in English, give him or her this book. Give it to your randy grandma."—Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis

"An invaluable and cleverly worked vade mecum for those millions of us who (a) are fascinated by sex and (b) enjoy insulting people. No intelligent home should be without it."—Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

Publishers Weekly
Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea, the gleefully naughty authors of Depraved English and Insulting English, combine their two guides to the puerile side of our popular tongue into one salty volume, efficiently titled Depraved and Insulting English. Sure, the words mome, limberham, encopresis are good, but what's better are the authors' usage examples, which demonstrate a mischievous exuberance. Explaining a particularly intense form of voyeurism, the authors write: "Being struck suddenly blind would have taxed any man, but for Mr. Bigelow, with his acute scopophilia, it smacked of divine vengeance." (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Novobatzky and Shea here fuse together their two earlier works, Depraved English and Insulting English, to reintroduce their humorous comments about obscure insults and "depraved" or vulgar words. Two factors make this book more of a humor reading than a reference resource: the exclusive listing of words that most readers have never seen and reliance on author-created examples of word usage instead of quotations. Each entry includes a basic definition, pronunciation, and commentary on how words like fubsy or furfuraceous could be currently used. Since the book lacks authentic quotations or etymology, incredulous readers must rely on the bibliography of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other resources from which the words were selected. Some cross references are included, but there is no index listing the unfamiliar words by topic. Richard Spears's Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo, and Related Matters offers a more comprehensive and authoritative treatment of the same subject. An optional purchase for circulating collections at public libraries where this type of humor is appreciated. Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
": The act of imagining someone naked. : The crusty yellow substance that collects in the corners of one's eyes while one sleeps. : Habitual rubbing of the genitals through one's pants pockets." All entries show part of speech, pronunciation, and sample sentences, and many contain a little history and commentary. The bibliography shows some 80 sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156011495
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 807,520
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea are the authors of Depraved English and Insulting English. They both live in New York City.

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    Posted June 24, 2004

    A Must

    This is a classic! A must for reading while atop the throne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2002

    I've read the uncorrected proof

    The title itself is quite interesting, and the content does not disappoint the non-casual reader. The authors have a sense of humor themselves about their topic, and the writing reflects that. It's a coffee table book with a bit of horsepower attached. You can read this title cover-to-cover or just pick a random section to read. It's a perfect title for your intellectual and pseudo-intellectual friends. I plan to buy several copies myself when it is available.

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