Friday, February 26, 2010

Improve Your Vocabulary The Weird Tales Way!

Tired of your hum-hum, unadorned locution? Bored with your terse email correspondences? Frustrated by your lack of adjectives to describe the horror or wonder of your existence?

Well friends, I've got the book for you.

Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon by Dan Clore puts all the fecund phraseology of weird fiction at your fingertips--and into your brain!  Clore provides a dictionary definition of each word (and tells you whether or not it can actually be found in the Oxford English Dictionary) and gives, in most cases, multiple examples of the use of the word in weird fiction.

Just edify yourself with these examples:

Cat-lady...or ailurophile?

Is this Goth...or Charonian?

What a stink? Or what a fetor?

Jibber no more like a man moonstruck! Quit looking like an agrestic buffoon! Claim your desiderate erudition today or be an energumen of illimitable ignorance evermore!

Order today, and never fear to engage in colloquy again.


Brian Murphy said...

This is awesome, thanks for sharing.

Trey said...

No problem. I found it a really interesting book, and thought others might too.

Shane Mangus said...

I am going to put Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon on my wish list. Thanks for pointing it out!

Trey said...

Glad I could hip you to it :). One also runs the risk of looking like a shill with blog recommendations, I guess, but I thought it deserved broader recognition.