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The Foolish Dictionary

The Foolish Dictionary by Gideon Wurdz
By: (b. 1875)

“The Foolish Dictionary” was written by “Gideon Wurdz” and was published in 1904. According to the beginning of the book, it is “An exhausting work of reference to un-certain English words, their origin, meaning, legitimate and illegitimate use…”

This a a short but amusing dictionary which “redefines” words in some interesting ways. Funny and sometimes bizarre observations are sprinkled throughout. In keeping with the policy to read, rather than attempt to rewrite, books – even those with offensive content – nothing has been omitted. While many of the definitions may just seem confusing or “corny” to modern readers, there are a couple that also might be considered “objectionable,” particularly in section 10, which contains offensive content of a racial nature.

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. What seems like obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

[Illustration: GIDEON WURDZ.]


An exhausting work of reference to un certain English words, their origin, meaning, legitimate and illegitimate use, confused by A FEW PICTURES


Executed by GIDEON WURDZ Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, Fellow of the Royal Gibe Society, etc... Continue reading book >>

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