We're delighted that Lacey Echols called our One-Letter Words: A Dictionary
"fool-proof," a "saving grace," "extremely educational, entertaining, and useful." Here's a snippet from the article "My Visit to Grant's Tome" (Word Ways),
in which our dictionary is put to the test:
I wanted to find all one-letter, two-letter, three-letter, etc. words in any given word. There was one problem. Even though I have a fairly large vocabulary, I do not know many words which are one-letter words. Ask me to identify three- and four-letter words, and I am at ease. One letter? The only common single letter words are 'a' and 'I'! However, I was fortunate to hear about a book which could be my saving grace, One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, by Craig Conley. I felt my confidence begin to soar because with the help of this dictionary I should easily be able to count all one-letter words in any given word, or could I? Being a bit of a skeptic, I tested my skill with the word 'ait.' 'I' and 'a' are legitimate, but what about 't'? Sure enough, Mr. Conley provides 58 instances in which 't' is used as a word. As an example, 'it suits you to a T' uses 't' as a word. Hallelujah! But 'ait' is a fairly simple word. What about 'Mozambique'? I feel a time-consuming project ahead. Actually, the dictionary is fool-proof. There are thirty-five examples using the word 'z' and even twenty-seven examples of the word 'q'. ... I found [Conley's dictionary and Jeff Grant's Concise Dictionary of 2 Letter Words] to be extremely educational, entertaining, and useful for a novice word counter. Maybe if I never let anyone use these books, I will be able to win all games which include identifying actual words in any given word.
Here's some maledicta punctuated by firecrackers, from Purdue's 1916 yearbook.
How to translate fireworks as rhyming slang in maledicta [and if any seem old-fashioned, they are!]:
bam = damn
bang = bang [fornicate]; dang
blam = damn
blast = blast[-it] [British]
boom = bum [British for buttocks]
burst = cursed
crack = cack [British for excrement]; whack[-off]
fizz = shit
flash = ass; dash[-it all] [British]
hiss = piss[-off]; shit
pop = pop[-off]
snap = crap
sputter = mutter[-fucker]
whistle = rissole [Australian slang for rectum]
whizz = wiz [urinate]
whoosh = gadzooks
zip = flip[ping] [British]
bomb = "f-bomb"
missle = miserable
mortar = mortar-fucker
flare - swear
rocket = fuck it
shell = hell
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