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Wye’s Dictionary of Improbable Words:
All-Consonant and All-Vowel Dictionary

The All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words dictionaries bring together 4,000 unusual and fascinating words that defy convention, offering a vast sampling of our living language at play.  Just as William Shakespeare introduced some six hundred new words to the English language in Hamlet alone, generations of authors and other communicators represented in All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words have coined their own new words, using the building blocks of language to express new meanings.  As our standard dictionaries scramble to catalog and thereby legitimize our growing vocabulary, the All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words dictionaries offer the casual word gamer and language lover a cutting edge collection of new words.  Examples of usage abound—as old as the Bible and as current as blog postings—grounding extraordinary terms in ordinary contexts.  Myriad genres are represented, from literary classics by James Joyce to the dramatic plays of Tennessee Williams to the whimsical fantasies of Neil Gaiman, as well as the diverse worlds of science fiction, romance novels, children’s stories, historical and military accounts, graphic novels and comic books, travel reports, news articles, magazine features, poetry, song lyrics, birdwatching guides, hymns, and how-to manuals.

The All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words dictionaries are wonderful for browsing, quotation finding, as an inspiration for writers and speakers, and for enhancing one’s appreciation of vowels and consonants.  They are essential desk companions for puzzle lovers, wordsmiths, teachers and students, librarians, trivia buffs, know-it-alls, cartoonists, humorists, and armchair linguists.  They are coffee-table conversation pieces for anyone with a love of language.  They make a great gift for those difficult-to-buy-for quirky intellectuals, word nerds, or brainy friends who already have everything.  They are also perfect for bathroom reading.


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“Resources for endless hours of word play.” —Bernie DeKoven, author of The Well Played Game

“The examples are delightful and the dictionaries are a lot of fun to browse through.” —Tara Calishain, author of Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research

“ALL LITERATE PEOPLE (hint, that includes you) need the strange and unusual dictionaries.” —Clark Humphrey, author of Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story

“If you’re a fan of Scrabble, or just English in general, then you’re going to find a lot of useful tips.” —Ian Fraser, columnist for The Daily Mail and Guardian

“Why use that everyday average dictionary that everyone else uses? Be original!” —Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., University of Washington

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“Obscure, fun and silly dictionaries!” —Anne Greenshields, Murdoch University librarian

“A gem.” —Colleen Bell, University of Oregon librarian

“A fascinating writer’s resource.” —Joe Clifford Faust, author of Precious Cargo

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