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By Jane Solomon, Louise Lockhart (Illustrator)
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Sternutation (when someone sneezes). Borborygmus (the rumbling in one’s stomach). Ultracrepidarian (having big opinions about things you know nothing about). These are just a few of the delightfully difficult words included in this gorgeously designed book. Full of diverse illustrations and the idea that language is adaptable, this is a wonderful and unique present for word-lovers and bibliophiles young and old.

— Bethany Strout, Director of Buying


What is a bumbershoot? Or a moonbow? And what does it mean when someone absquatulates...?

Find out all this and more in The Dictionary of Difficult Words. Test your knowledge with more than 400 words to amaze, confuse and inspire budding wordsmiths (and adults).

Some jobbernowls say dictionaries are anachronistic, or even obsolete, but it's kenspeckle to real bibliophiles that those vociferous ninnyhammers are just metagrobolised by the plethora of portmanteaus, neologisms and jargon they offer. Next time you find yourself wrangling with one of these ultracrepidarians, no need to imagineer a sockdolager: just show them this book.

All of the words featured in this book are difficult to spell, hard to say and their meanings are obscure to most children (and most adults)! Written with simple, easy-to-understand definitions by lexicographer (yes, that's in there too!) Jane Solomon, this dictionary celebrates the beauty of the English language for family trivia time spent around the printed page.

About the Author

Jane Solomon is a lexicographer based in Oakland, California. She spends her days writing definitions and working on various projects for She's a member of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, the group that decides what new emoji pop up on our devices. Jane has a twin sister who is also a lexicographer.

Louise Lockhart is an illustrator living in an old mill in a small town in England. She spends her days creating designs from little paper cut outs and line drawings, dreaming up worlds where men still wear suits and hats. As well as working as a freelance illustrator, Louise also applies her illustrations to products for the home, which she sells in her online shop The Printed Peanut. Her clients include: Heal's, Mini Boden, Flow Magazine, Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, The Independent, Anorak Magazine, Mollie Makes Magazine, Macmillan Publishers, Pavillion Books, Donna Wilson, Graniph, Design For Today, Cicada Books, Compendium Inc., Little Otsu, Hallmark Cards, M&S and Liberty.

Praise For…

“An appealing celebration of language”
- Publishers Weekly

"One of the most adorable books I've ever seen."
- Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl

"Highly recommended"
- Gretchen McCulloch, Twitter

"A perfect addition to any home library"
- Toronto4Kids

"A brilliant way to encourage children to appreciate the beauties of our language and to extend their vocabulary and improve their writing skills. Wonderful!"
- Parents in Touch

“The whole package is artfully colored and styled, with lexical and graphic marvels galore.”
- Stan Carey, Sentence First

Product Details
ISBN: 9781786038111
ISBN-10: 1786038110
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
Pages: 112
Language: English