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The Foolish Dictionary

Charles Wayland Towne

The Foolish Dictionary was written by "Gideon Wurdz" (the pen name for Charles Wayland Towne) 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 LibriVox 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. Summary by Maddie

The Foolish Dictionary was written by "Gideon Wurdz" (the pen name for Charles Wayland Towne) 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 LibriVox 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. Summary by Maddie
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Genres:

Humor

Description:

The Foolish Dictionary was written by "Gideon Wurdz" (the pen name for Charles Wayland Towne) 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 LibriVox 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. Summary by Maddie

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

1h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:45