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Review Foyle's Philavery: A Treasury of Unusual Words, Christopher Foyle I happen to be one of those people who love these kinds of books, though unfortunately they frequently get lost in the melange of frippery that is located around the checkout counter at better bookstores. Anyway, Foyle, who happens to own such a bookstore in London, has collected a fair-sized book's worth of odd and distinctive words, his favorite of which is "kakistocracy, a system of government where the rulers are the least competent, least qualified or most unprincipled citizens"--a word we ought to use more frequently. Indeed, thanks to this book I love a great deal of new lexicographical acquaintances: gledge, -- The Morning News Book Digest, I have found many surprises in the Philavery -- I didn't know that alopecia literally means fox mange! -- Roddy Lumsden's Blog, www.booksfromscotland.com 20080324
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Book Description Chambers, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Good+ condition. Slip-case exterior has slight tear, other minor wear, ink-smudges on bottom; slip-case interior has small tears, smudges. COVERS- slight stains, clean overall; minimal wear. PAGES- slight stains, clean overall; no writing; no tears. Not ex-library. Foyle's Collected Philavery: Foyle's Philavery and Foyle's Further Philavery (2 volumes in slipcase). Book. Seller Inventory # 012489