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1. The Disheveled Dictionary. A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon. Karen Elizabeth Gordon. Mariner Books edition, 2003.
The pages provide appropriate meanings for select words, followed by examplars of delicious bonbon mots.
a fine point of etiquette; precise observance of formalities; nicety, propriety.
We paid obeisance to the most fatuous punctilio, then betook ourselves to a raunchy roadhouse for faux pas, pig feet, fox trots, and frosted mugs of Guinness stout.
Gordon is the author of several other lexicons, of which the contents, I have no doubt, match the splendid, soi-disant sybarism of the titles. Among them The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed; The Deluxe Transitive Vampire:The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed; Torn Wings and Faux Pas: A Flashbook of Style, A Beastly Guide Through the Writer's Labyrinth; Intimate Apparel: A Dictionary of the Senses, Out of the Loud Hound of Darkness: A Dictionarrative, and The Ravenous Muse.
2. The Vulgar Tongue. Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence. Francis Grose ( edited by Alastair Williams) Summerdale Publishers Ltd., 2004.
A valuable resource for those writing period fiction -- since the original by Grose, the first recognized dictionary of English slang, saw print in 1785.
Though like Amazon, the rankings change hourly, Sandra reported yesterday in comments that Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Stories (Tales) ranked # 8 in Anthologies in the P & E Reader Poll.
And Santa left me a red pouch of magnetic rocks and a gilded letter "B" of painted wood.