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The Foolish Dictionary

An exhausting work of reference to un-certain English words, their origin, meaning, legitimate and illegitimate use, confused by a few pictures

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Author: Gideon Wurdz (Wallace Goldsmith)
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,751 / 53 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.9
LoC Category: AG
Downloads: 5,324
Added to site: 2007.04.02 16448
Genres: Humor, Reference

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=COMPLIMENT= v. t., From Eng. con,--hot air, and Lat. pleo, to fill. Hence, to fill with hot air.

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=COMPLEXION= Color for the face. From Eng. complex, difficult, and shun, to avoid. To avoid difficulty, buy it of the druggist.

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=COMMENDATION= From Eng. con, a josh, and mend, to fix up. Hence, a fixed-up josh.

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=CONDUCTOR= From Eng. coin, and Lat. duco, to command. One who commands the coin.

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=CONSCIENCE= The fear of being found out.

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=COOK= A charitable institution, providing food and shelter for Policemen.

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=CORPS= A big bunch of fighters. (Dist. bet. cores found in apples and corps found in arms).

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***

This book was only slightly amusing as it seemed to be a less funny, older version of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary.

I normally like the more sarcastic answers in joke dictionaries, and this one just had a chuckle here and there.

Felix Adebayo

The Foolish Dictionary is my favourite ebook. I daily go through it whenever I want to amuse myself or looking for words to make others laugh. Inspite of the interpretations of the words being funny on the surface, the interpretation is also very true, if you will think deeply about for a moment. I find funny and strangely true, an interpretation as of below:

=PHILANTHROPIST= One who returns to the people publicly a small percentage of the wealth he steals from them privately.

I highly recommend recommend this ebook.



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