Mighty Red Pen

December 20, 2007

Only four shopping days left!

Filed under: Lit review,Slightly off-topic,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:44 pm

In case you’re wondering what to get the word nerd in your life, here’s a suggestion from Moondog:


It’s a swash buckle, get it?

And then there’s this little tidbit I encountered today:


Yes, that’s Butt Rot and Bottom Gas: A Glossary of Tragically Misunderstood Words by Eric Groves, Sr. Here’s an excerpt from the review on Amazon:

Seventh-grade language arts teacher Eric Groves Sr. has spent years listening to his students giggle after he used words like thespian, coccyx, and masticate. Now he has compiled hundreds of these foul-sounding terms into a delightfully innocent dictionary, complete with illustrated definitions of their true meanings. From air cock (a valve on a boiler) and bushmaster (a large venomous snake) to cummingtonite (a mineral) and beyond, Butt Rot and Bottom Gas is a wonderful reference for word lovers and the snickering seventh grader in all of us.

For those who feel they’ve moved on from seventh grade, there’s another suggestion from Moondog (who is just full of ideas, evidently) which is Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life by Harry Mount. In an article on Slate, Emily Wilson calls it “a surprise best seller” and “a romp through Latin grammar.” She writes:

Some of those who voluntarily struggle through the conjugations and declensions of a long-dead language may be hoping for an easy way to fulfill a language requirement; after all, in Latin class, you generally don’t have to worry about perfecting your accent, and you don’t have to put in time at the language lab. But many choose to learn Latin because they are genuinely interested in learning how the Romans imagined the world.

Read Wilson’s article and Mr. Verb’s comments.


1 Comment »

  1. The swash buckle is funny. I once purchased a knight light because it amused me.

    Comment by Molie — December 21, 2007 @ 9:41 am | Reply

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