Depraved and Insulting English by Peter Novobatzky

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Originally published as two distinct collections, Depraved and Insulting English brings to light the language's most offensive and obscene words--words that have fallen out of today's lexicon but will no doubt delight, amuse, and in some cases prove surprisingly useful. Who hasn't searched for the right word to describe a colleague's maschalephidrosis (runaway armpit perspiration) or a boss's pleonexia (insane greed)? And what better way is there to insult the scombroid landlord (resembling a mackerel) or that tumbrel of a brother-in-law (a person who is drunk to the point of vomiting) than by calling him by his rightful name?

A compact compendium of ingenious words for anyone who's been tongue-tied, flabbergasted, or dumbfounded, Depraved and Insulting English supplies the appropriate vocabulary for any occasion. Word lovers, chronic insulters, berayers, bescumbers, and bespewers need fear no more--finding the correct word to wow your friends or silence your enemies just got a whole lot easier.

About Peter Novobatzky

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Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea are the authors of Depraved English and Insulting English. They both live in New York City.
Published August 14, 2002 by Mariner Books. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea, the gleefully naughty authors of Depraved English and Insulting English, combine their two guides to the puerile side of our popular tongue into one salty volume, efficiently titled Depraved and Insulting English.

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While posting about that delightful book I came across another gem: Ammon has spent the past year reading all 20 volumes of the OED and writing a book about it, “Reading the OED,” to be released by Perigree this summer.

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