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This is an auction for THE SUPERIOR PERSON'S BOOK OF WORDS, by Peter Bowler.

"Nothing short of a brief dictionary for those who aspire to linguistic snobbery."
- St. Petersburg Times reviews:

"Are you an Anglophile? (Stout fellow!) Just stand at this springboard and leave the fields of popinjay jabber and tongue-stumped battology behind forever! Stop up for big dividends in the giddy heights of superior speech. Peter Bowler will teach you the practical riches of saying it well with good words, neglected words, and precise words for vocabular exultation!"

"FIVE STARS!! THE SUPERIOR PERSON'S BOOK OF WORDS is just the thing if your dictionary proves uninspiring. Many of the listings are invaluable as veiled insults, and the author frequently highlights these with sample usage sentences. The best part of this book though is the way the author words the definitions. Some examples:

* Papuliferous. Pimply. Typical condition of a groak.

* Groak. One who stands around while others eat, in the hope that he will be invited to join in. A good name for a female relative's boyfriend.

* Nugatory. Of no value, trifling, insubstantial, pointless. Unfavorable criticism of the present book could properly be so characterized.

"How could you not adore a dictionary like this?"

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Peter Bowler, our ageless author, has to his name several other published books - mostly irreverent paperbacks which treat serious subjects, such as death and religion, with regrettable flippancy. Today these books are mostly, as the French say, introuvable.

Hardback 2002.

166 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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