The Dag’s Dictionary – Richard Glover

I recently read Richard Glover’s humorous book, The Dag’s Dictionary. This is a “book of words that should exist – but don’t”.

To give you a flavour of the author’s humour, here is a selection of my favourites.

Brick teaser – a person who goes to ‘open inspection’ houses with absolutely no intention of buying, but merely to have a stickybeak.

Cinearse – the aching bum you get when watching a long European film.

Hawkestra -the choir of coughers, sneezers and hawkers who spend their lives attending classical music concerts and plays.

Kneerotica – the practice of touching knees with another person in a cinema or benath a restaurant table in order to signal your romantic availability.

Leer-mark – the crease in the spine of a racy novel, indicating the rudest page.

Liebry – a pile of unread but fashionable books placed on a coffee table in order to impress visitors.

Micropest – any irritating animated figure that appears on your computer screen to offer help.

Skulldrudgery – once you’ve shaved your head, the need to keep shaving so people don’t realise you’re trying to hide a bald spot.

Taggadocio – vain, empty boasting by means of wearing clothes with a visible brand name.

Thinges – the thin plastic hinges on a CD box which inevitably break within moments of purchase.

Thinstructor – a person hired by a gym to be an inspiration to us all.

Wedgetarian – a child whose diet consists solely of potato wedges, with occasional side-serves of chips.

Read more at Richard Glover’s web site.

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Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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