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Foyle's Philavery: A Treasury of Unusual Words (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. Februar 2008

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The word philavery was invented to describe this book: a collection of words chosen simply on the grounds of their aesthetic appeal. Some of these words appeal because of their aptness, some for their obscurity, some for their euphony, and some for their quirkiness. As a collection, they represent the fruits of a lifetime of reading and will delight all word lovers.

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You get what you pay for. 27. Juli 2008
Von Moggy Womps - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
You get exactly what is described in the product information and the result is great!

Soon your whole vocabulary may start growing stranger and stranger. You may even lose touch with your life-long friends.

Who cares? This is a super fun way to go!
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A delight 25. Februar 2008
Von Ralph Blumenau - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is great fun for those who are interested in unusual words, even though there is, I think, a slight padding out. By my reckoning at least, some ten words out of the 105 listed here beginning with the letter A are not really all that unusual. But this must be a somewhat subjective judgment. Some 73 of the words under A I had never come across, and that's a pretty good score for this beautifully produced book. Would make a lovely present for a philaveryphile!
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For Logophiles 23. Juli 2009
Von Spudman - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
There's something quite appealing about this book. If books can have an ambience, then Foyle's Philavery has it. With its red cloth spine, red fabric bookmark, and odd garden graphic cover, the book whets one's appetite for the treasure of unusual words inside.

Most of the words within are words I've never seen and never shall again. I'm not sure whether I feel cheated or proud because of the handful of familiar words included in this collection. Though I'd met them before, it was nice renewing acquaintance with words like: lacrymose, monstrance,manumit, legerdemain, and phrenologist, a word remembered from Hound of the Baskervilles.

The book presents the words alphabetically as dictionaries are apt to do. With each word a definition and part of speech are included. Occasionally Foyle throws in a second definition, some history of the word, or even an example sentence. Oddly a pronunciation guide page is included at the beginning, but no respellings are included and precious few pronunciation clues.

Lovers of language will love this book. Most others will look at it with puzzlement. As for me, I was enthralled.
DAMAGED BOOK 10. April 2014
Von Tessa Barnard - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Good day: to be honest, the product did not meet my expectations. The book itself is an amazing publication, however because I could not get it anywhere else, I ordered and purchased through 'Amazon' which was costly indeed! For the price I paid, I would have expected the book to arrive in perfect condition. It did not! It is clear to me that in the packaging process, and by means of some packaging machine, several of the books' pages have been damaged. I could put see through cellotape on those damaged pages, but I would rather return the book and get a copy that is in pristine condition. Thank you. Tessa Barnard
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