The Disheveled Dictionary: A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon

The Disheveled Dictionary A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon What on earth does lagniappe mean A sluggard who lies around till noon A she wolf of Anapurna A car that demands heavy pampering In fact none of the above But one can find this Creole French word del

  • Title: The Disheveled Dictionary: A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon
  • Author: Karen Elizabeth Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780395689905
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What on earth does lagniappe mean A sluggard who lies around till noon A she wolf of Anapurna A car that demands heavy pampering In fact, none of the above But one can find this Creole French word delectably defined in THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY, which does for vocabulary what Gordon s cult classic THE WELL TEMPERED SENTENCE did for punctuation and THE TRANSITIVE VAM What on earth does lagniappe mean A sluggard who lies around till noon A she wolf of Anapurna A car that demands heavy pampering In fact, none of the above But one can find this Creole French word delectably defined in THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY, which does for vocabulary what Gordon s cult classic THE WELL TEMPERED SENTENCE did for punctuation and THE TRANSITIVE VAMPIRE did for grammar THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY takes a voluptuary s approach to language, offering a lavish feast of words and their multiple uses Favorite characters from Gordon s earlier books appear in cameo, including Yolanta, Jonquil Mapp, cowboys with lingerie, and assorted royal riffraff With her trademark cache of illustrations and flamboyantly gothic examples, Gordon takes readers on a hedonist s tour of the world of words, where they can check into the Last Judgment Pinball Machine Motel, slip into susurrant silk pajamas at Cafe Frangipane, or plunge into scenes from such literary works as Torpor in the Swing,The Wretch of Lugubria, and Gossamer and the Green Light Laced with erudite insights and eccentric wit, THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY is about the music of speech and the sound and sensuality of language, celebrating not only the obsure but also our most beloved and basic words.

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    1. Karen Elizabeth Gordon

      Karen Elizabeth Gordon, who is most well known for her comic language handbooks The New Well Tempered Sentence and The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, is also author to a collection of short stories published by Dalkey Archive Press The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales was hailed by many critics as Rabelaisian in its humor.Gordon resides alternately in Berkeley, California and Parisom dalkeyarchive catalog

    284 thoughts on “The Disheveled Dictionary: A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon”

    1. Rating: 3.75* of five (rounded up for star purposes)The Book Report: The book description says:"What on earth does lagniappe mean? A sluggard who lies around till noon? A she-wolf of Anapurna? A car that demands heavy pampering?" In fact, none of the above. But one can find this Creole French word delectably defined in THE DISHEVELED DICTIONARY, which does for vocabulary what Gordon's cult classic THE WELL-TEMPERED SENTENCE did for punctuation and THE TRANSITIVE VAMPIRE did for grammar. THE DISH [...]


    2. Herein lies great collection of rarely used or archaic words. Unfortunately the author composed most of her own examples of usage with her turgid and unctuous prose. I had to flog myself to get through it.


    3. "What distinguishes poetry from automatic speech is that it rouses and shakes us into wakefulness in the middle of a word. Then it turns out that the word is much longer than we thought, and we remember that to speak means to be forever on the road.""e mastodons with their rough and polished manners""What a face to come home to! Twinkling, mocking, and contrite."A young poet once said to Mallarme, "I had the most marvellous idea for a poem this afternoon." "Oh dear," said Mallarme, "what a pity. [...]


    4. This is more of a reference book. It is just a listing of words and definitions that are not used as often these days, although, several were common words for me and my adult sons. It is interesting to flip though this book but I am disappointed that it doesn't have a pronunciation guide for words that are new to you. I had to use the internet to learn how to pronounce them.


    5. One of my favorite books will always be the dictionary, so I was delighted to learn of this one in particular. Ever since I was in high school and my English IV teacher accused my friend and me of enjoying "thesaurus orgies" whenever we had to write anything, I've always been on the hunt for more verbal pepper to spice up my vocabulary.


    6. An intruiging romp through definitions of some of the more colorful words in the English language, followed by even more colorful usage sentences. Definitely a word-lover's book, particularly because Gordon uses her chosen words more idiomatically than not. A fun escape from the drab and dreary commonality of language.


    7. A quick and entertaining read in Gordon's signature tongue-in-cheek gothic style. It's a book to borrow it if a friend has it laying around, but not one you'll need to add to your permanent collection.


    8. A delightful little volume filled with flowery words to spruce up anyone's written and oral vocabulary. I could not escape the feeling that the author wrote this as somewhat of an inside joke with a friend I don't know. And there is an inescapable obsession with frangipane.



    9. Again, a winner from a favorite author of mine. And, again, a book I have used as a reference many times over.





    10. Gordon's dictionary is a collection of intriguing and unusual words with extravagantly rich, precise definitions, and "flamboyantly gothic" examples.




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