Foyle's Philavery

A Treasury of Unusual Words

Cover Art for 9780550103291, Foyle's Philavery by Christopher Foyle
ISBN: 9780550103291
Publisher: Chambers
Published: 27 July, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Links Australian Libraries (Trove)
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Philavery (fil-a-vuh-ri) n. An idiosyncratic collection of uncommon and pleasing words.The word "philavery" was invented by Christopher Foyle, the chairman of the famous Foyle's Bookshop in London, to describe this book: a collection of words chosen simply on the grounds of their aesthetic appeal. Some of the words appeal because of their aptness, some for their obscurity, some for their euphony, and some for their quirkiness. As a collection, they represent the fruits of a lifetime of reading and will delight all word lovers.

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