Butt Rot and Bottom Gas: A Glossary of Tragically Misunderstood Words

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Quirk Books, 2007 - Reference - 112 pages
butt rot /b@t r t/ n. a fungal disease affecting the butt, or base, of a tree
bot*tom gas /b 2-t@m gas/ n. a type of breathing gas carried in portable tanks and inhaled by under-water divers

The English language is full of words that sound obscene but aren't. Words like arsole (an organic chemical compound), crack spread (a calculation showing theoretical market values of petroleum), cunctator (a person who procrastinates, delays, or wastes time), and spotted dick (a traditional English dessert made with hot, thick custard).

Seventh-grade English teacher Eric Groves, Sr., has spent years listening to his students giggle after he used terms like thespian, coccyx, and masticate. Now he has compiled hundreds of these so-called "dirty" words into a delightful glossary, complete with illustrated definitions of their true meanings. From air cock (a valve on a boiler) and bushmaster (a large venomous snake) to cummingtonite (a mineral) and beyond, Butt Rot and Bottom Gas is a hilarious reference for word lovers and the snickering seventh grader in all of us.
 

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
6
Section 3
11
Section 4
24
Section 5
33
Section 6
37
Section 7
40
Section 8
44
Section 15
67
Section 16
71
Section 17
73
Section 18
80
Section 19
81
Section 20
84
Section 21
92
Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
53
Section 11
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Section 12
56
Section 13
58
Section 14
63
Section 23
96
Section 24
98
Section 25
100
Section 26
102
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About the author (2007)

ERIC GROVES SR. (California) is a seventh-grade language arts teacher.

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