This is the fourth edition of a venerable and useful work that first appeared in 1987, according to the jacket notes. These jacket notes are easily readable, owing to the choice of a civilized type face and size. The same cannot be said for the bulk of this otherwise admirable volume itself.
Most persons reading this review will know that the euphemism "small print" means, as the book says: "onerous conditions in a contract which are not given prominence." However, in this review, "small (or fine) print" means much of the main body of the text, which is in print that many will find hard to read without a magnifier.
Despite my cavil about the tiny font used to print much of this book, it is a gem. Not only are the terms arranged in alphabetical order, dictionary-style, with examples of usage and micro-essays , they are also placed alphabetically into fourteen different thematic groupings, each preceded by a little essay on the subject. These page-and-a-half-sized essays are well-written and rewarding to those who can tease out the words from the miniscule printing. Thus one can immerse oneself into the world of evasive language in each of these fourteen rubrics: Addictions, Affairs of State, Bodily Functions, Childbirth, Crime and Punishment, etc. It is amusing and instructive to do so.
I recommend this book to all word-fanciers whose vision, natural or enhanced, is up to it.