Depraved and Insulting English

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156011495
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/14/2002
Series: Harvest Book
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,190,517
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About 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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Depraved and Insulting English 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic! A must for reading while atop the throne.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.