CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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March 12, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a subtitle identifying the book as a plain sandwich.  Dragon of the Enchanted Valley: A Plain Sandwich of Facts in Odd Fancies, 1865.
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March 7, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a book entitled What the Sam Hill (What the Sam Hill by Wib. F. Clements, 1911), along with the explanation.
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March 6, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a book entitled Green Peas, along with the explanation.
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January 16, 2017 (permalink)

Air has a face, the sea has lips, and cliffs have ends.  This we learn in From the Lips of the Sea by Clinton Scollard (1911), The Face of Air by George Leonard Knapp (1912), and The Cliff End by Edward Charles Booth (1908).

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January 5, 2017 (permalink)

You've heard that animals and insects possess neither morality nor religion, yet here's The Butterfly's Gospel (Fredrika Bremer, 1865).
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January 4, 2017 (permalink)

Here's one from the next edition of our dictionary of all-vowel words: Oo, a place name "never pronounced without awe and reverence," named after "a great god who dwelt under the sands of the desert"; "a wonderful place full of gold and jewels where demons dwelt," located several hundred miles down the southerly-flowing Darke River.  It is also known as "the city of unnumbered lights" and is capital of the Orbello kingdom.  Every portion of the city is subterranean except for its fortification and tower.  (The Mysterious City of Oo by Charles Lotin Hildreth, 1889.)
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December 24, 2016 (permalink)

You know how folks with birthdays near big holidays tend to get combined gifts?  Well, the year 1831 got a book as a combined gift for Christmas, New Year's, and its birthday.
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December 21, 2016 (permalink)

Here's a rare word (only nine Google results) for heraldic symbols -- aristoglyphics.  From 1838.
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December 17, 2016 (permalink)

Here's !!! (a.k.a. Exclamation Point, Exclamation Point, Exclamation Point or Three Exclamation Points by George Hughes Hepworth, 1881).
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June 25, 2016 (permalink)

What's the difference between Lamb's Tales From Shakespeare and lambs' tails from Shakespeare?
    lambs'   tails     Lamb's   Tales  
"Is he a lamb?" —Henry VI, Part II x x
"I am a lamb." —Titus Andronicus x x
"He's a lamb indeed." —Coriolanus x x
"Esteem him as a lamb." —Macbeth x x
"Poor harmless lambs abide their enmity." —Henry VI, Part III x x
"Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment?" —Henry VI, Part II x x
"In peace was never gentle lamb more mild." —Richard II x x
"In the figure of a lamb." —Much Ado About Nothing x x
"We were as twinn'd lambs." —Winter's Tale x
"Why, lamb! why, lady!" —Romeo and Juliet x  
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February 8, 2016 (permalink)

Forget whether or not an artificially propagated rainbow trout will lead to an empty pot of gold.  Forget whether or not "A rainbow is a rainbow.  A striped perch is a striped perch" (as purported by Monkeyface News).  Celebrate only that a book about rainbow trout was penned by a seagull.

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