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Re: They Have a Word for It!

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Friday, August 3, 2001, 7:37
On Fri, 3 Aug 2001, andrew wrote:

> Am 08/03 00:50 Yoon Ha Lee yscrifef: > > > On that note, I seem to remember some "dictionary" of words that ought > > to exist, snatches of which were read to us in 3rd grade. I can't for > > the life of me remember the author or title, but one word I remember > > vividly was "airdo," or "the little rubber-dust fragments that come from > > an eraser when you use it" (or somesuch). This ring a bell with anyone? > > > Was it Sniglets, the dictionary of necessary words, or some title close > to that? I know Sniglets is right, I remember finding it in a library. > Apparently some American sketch show invited people to contribute > unorthodox words that they used. The ones I remember are:
YES! That's it! I must go seek that out someday, too. So many books, so little time....:-) Are there books like Sniglets in other languages that people know of?
> I have heard of the book "They Have a Word for It!" but never seen it. > The now-retired editor of the Batman Comics once recommended it in his > letters pages.
Fascinating. :-) And there are people who think that reading comics rots the brain. (Well, maybe some of them do, but I haven't met them.) YHL