Welcome to The Funny Dictionary
The Funny Dictionary Is A Funny Book of Blunders That’s Got People Talking
"The Funny Dictionary is a delightful collection of harmless blunders in language, all committed by people who, leaning out as far as they can over the edge of an exam question, fall heavily to the ground. This is a collection of the splatter-marks they left." Julian Burnside AO QC.
The Funny Dictionary Is A Seriously Funny Book
The Funny Dictionary is a funny book of genuine mistakes. As a book of humorous blunders, The Funny Dictionary belongs to one of the most persistent and popular of all book forms.
The Funny Dictionary Is A Book For All Occasions
The Funny Dictionary is an ideal gift for all occasions — anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, get-well, graduation, friendship, Fathers’ Day, Mothers’ Day, Valentine’s Day, and any other occasion where you want to give a fun, affordable gift.
"The most side-splitting, gut-busting, knee-slapping fluffs and flubs, goofs and gaffes, and botches, blunders, boo-boos, and bloopers in convenient alphabetical form." Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English (www.verbivore.com).
The Funny Dictionary Is A Book For Everyone
The Funny Dictionary makes a great gift for girls and boys, men and women, of all ages. The book will be enjoyed by clergy and religious, doctors, editors, grandparents, journalists, lawyers, parents, public speakers, publishers, students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a sense of humour!
"Without Troy Simpson's exceptional new book The Funny Dictionary, I don't think I could carry on the deception. Troy has given me my life back. I feel funny again. All is forgiven." Austen Tayshus, Wordsmith and Superstar.
The Funny Dictionary Entertains And Teaches
The main purpose of The Funny Dictionary is to entertain. But the book also has educational uses. Parents and teachers can use the book as a fun teaching tool. To understand much of the book’s humour, the reader must have a good working knowledge of English and good general knowledge; thus the book provides an extra incentive for a child or English student to improve their vocabulary and to expand their general knowledge.
"In case of the blues, administer this book for an immediate cure. The Funny Dictionary n. hilarity!" Tim Ferguson, writer and comedian.
"To those who feel dictionaries are dull and the makers of them drudges, consider Troy Simpson's Funny Dictionary, which will quickly disabuse you of both notions." Robert Hartwell Fiske, editor, The Vocabula Review (www.vocabula.com).
What The Reviewers Say
Review of The Funny Dictionary by Fred McArdle
[Fred McArdle is a former teacher and a lover of language]
The Funny Dictionary, by Troy Simpson, is a most worthy addition to the genre of faulty and funny use of English by innocent and most unwitting humorists, something in the vein of his earlier book, Funny English: Errors and Insights.
This is a rich book. Right from the start (in the Preface), we are given useful distinctions between types of "howlers". Immediately there is a feeling of authenticity and genuineness.
There is a mixture of hilarity and scholarship, as in his earlier book, Funny English: Errors and Insights. One feels that there is a great deal of research behind what looks at first glance like a mere collection of errors that make us laugh.
But as one reads on, with the Preface in mind, one knows that this collection is never malicious, but funny, challenging, and informative.
Simpson manages to generate a subliminal feeling of sympathy for the people producing these gems.
He points out in the Preface: No attempt is made at explaining the definitions. You will have more fun if you can work out the humour for yourself. (If you can!).
But this can be frustrating, e.g., under the heading A.D., one entry is Gloucestershire. What the connection is in the mind of the person making this suggestion is quite beyond this reader!... It is a challenge as well as an entertainment (like cryptic crosswords?).
One could even reflect on the nasty nature on the exam system. Why would any student write such a definition as
SPAGHETTI n. thrown on people at weddings (which, by the way, creates a beautiful picture in this reader's mind), unless experiencing a moment of panic?
WEIGHT n. 1. the weight that a thing weighs. 2. the pull of gratitude on an object. 3. the same thing as mass but not exactly quite the same thing. They really mean the same thing. (Which suggests trying to simplify a concept, but with a feeling of panic, probably in a physics exam)?
And, of course, there is the philosophical exploration of meanings, or even unintended social commentary, as in the following definition:
SAVAGES n. people who don't know what wrong is until missionaries show them.
There is a strong feeling of logic, even understanding of the fact that words are usually derived from somewhere, in this one:
PARALLELEPIPED n. an animal with parallel legs (and yes, it is a word, although not to do with animals).
It is a fascinating exercise trying to understand the thought processes providing the various definitions (if one can get past the humour), so I think one should feel very grateful to Troy Simpson for offering such a challenging and funny book.