Dimboxes, Epopts, and Other Quidams: Words to Describe Life's Indescribable People

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Workman Pub., 1986 - English language - 190 pages
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Gathers unusual epithets and coins humorous new words to describe particular types of people from acersecomics to zetetics

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This is another one of those “look at this interesting list of archaic, rare, or foreign words for things” books. David Grambs’s Dimboxes, Epopts, and Other Quidams is a collection of terms of ... Read full review

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Common terms and phrases

adiaphorist Ado About Nothing agitprop agnate always ambivert Amphitryon anal-retentive ananias ancient Greek anybody autodidact bandersnatch become Big-endian borborygmite born loser boss brahmin Briareus called CANOODLERS catamaran celadon cher chronic cicisbeo cocksure comes commorient compurgator COUCH POTATOES Croesus Crosspatches cruciverbalist cuckold dastard dictionaries doesn't don't eater Egeria English EPOPTS factotum fag hag fear fearer female flaneur flibbertigibbet foreplay furfur FUTILITARIAN girl gongoozler Gulliver's Travels H. L. Mencken hair heliophile hoi polloi homosexual human husband HYDROPOTS individual it's jehu jist Josefa Heifetz keep kind lady latitant latitudinarian Leo Rosten levanter literally living looks lounge lizard lover loves lungis ma'ne ak macropod male maybe means mere Miles Gloriosus mollycoddle monoglots myrmidon nar'e nebbish neoteric NEPOTISTS never nist nose nothing nudnik nymphet often one's original otherwise known Oxford English Dictionary panjandrum Paul Dickson peckerwood pedant person philalethist pigwidgeon polyglots possibly POSSLQ prefers presbyope preterist profes pyrrhonist quidam quodlibets rare Samuel Johnson sapientes schlemiel schlimazl sexual shunpiker sibilator sinecurist sinistral skell smatchet SOLITUDINARIANS somebody somniloquist Svengali sylph tatterdemalion tend term tetnit they're things tist tomboy Ufologist usually ventriloquist Vicar of Bray virvestite volva voyeur wallflower who's whose wife Willard Espy woman word Wowsers wrong yenta Yiddish you're young

About the author (1986)

David Grambs has worked as a dictionary definer for American Heritage and Random House, translator, encyclopedia writer, magazine copy editor, and travel-guide journalist. Among his books on words and language are The Describer's Dictionary, The Endangered English Dictionary and, with Ellen S. Levine, coauthor of So You Think You Can Spell?. He lives in New York City.

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