Dictionary of Fine Distinctions: Nuances, Niceties, and Subtle Shades of Meaning (Hardcover)

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Dictionary of Fine Distinctions: Nuances, Niceties, and Subtle Shades of Meaning (Hardcover)

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"This delightful book is a tribute to the genius of the human mind for conceptual precision and the beauty of the English language in capturing it. It resolves a great deal of puzzlement over confusable terms, and its endearing illustrations and lighthearted explanations multiply the satisfaction." --Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and Rationality

What's the difference between mazes and labyrinths? Proverbs and adages? Clementines and tangerines? Join author Eli Burnstein on a hairsplitter's odyssey into the world of the ultra-subtle with Dictionary of Fine Distinctions. Illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck, this humorous dictionary takes a neurotic, brain-tickling plunge into the infinite (and infinitesimal) nuances that make up our world.

The perfect gift for book lovers, word nerds, trivia geeks, and everyday readers, this illustrated gem is more than just a book--it is an indispensable resource akin to a thesaurus but filled with charm and wit. Each entry, from "latte vs. flat white" to "Great Britain vs. The United Kingdom," is accompanied by mnemonic aids, quirky asides, and detailed illustrations, making it a standout dictionary for any bibliophile or language enthusiast's library.

For fans of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows or Foyle's Philavery: A Treasury of Unusual Words, Dictionary of Fine Distinctions promises to be a cherished addition to the genre that offers clarity, joy, and a deeper appreciation for the subtleties of the English language. The quintessential librarian gift and English teacher gift, it's an educational odyssey that's as entertaining as it is enlightening.
Eli Burnstein is a humor writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Slackjaw, Weekly Humorist, The Offing, and Points in Case. He runs a spelling bee (Spelling Bae) that has been featured in the Toronto Star and the National Post, and on CBC Radio. Burnstein is Canadian and lives in London, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781454952350
ISBN-10: 1454952350
Publisher: Union Square & Co.
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English