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Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits

Unfamiliar Terms for Familiar Things

Rod L. Evans, Ph.D. - Author

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ISBN 9781101515921 | 224 pages | 07 Jun 2011 | Perigee | 18 - AND UP
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Have you been guilty of catachresis* at work? Have you defenestrated* your dictionary in frustration? Do you have phloem bundles* stuck in your diastema*? Scratching your occiput* now?

Rod L. Evans's Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits will help take the mystery out of some of our most obscure words. Containing hundreds of words from agitron (the phenomenon of wiggly lines in comic strips indicating that something is shaking) to zarf (the holder for a paper cone coffee cup), this lively reference will enable you to easily locate your thingamajig or whatchamacallit, be it animal, vegetable, mineral, or punctuation mark.

Leave no linguistic oddity unexamined-your brain will thank you.

*catachresis: strained, paradoxical, or incorrect use of a word;
*defenestrate: to throw out a window;
*phloem bundles: stringy bits between the skin and the edible parts of a banana;
*diastema: the gap between teeth in a jaw;
*occiput: the back part of the head or skull


"Ever since Adam assigned names to all living things, we humans have had a passion to label everything. But thousands of bright, colorful, and useful words languish in the shadows of our monumental English language. No longer. Rod Evans gathers many of these forgotten and neglected gems and displays them in the showcase of Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits."
-Richard Lederer, author of The Gift of Age

"In this entertaining dictionary, Evans enables you to impress your friends by proving to them that, yes, English has a word for that."
-Tyler Hinman, five-time winner of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament


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