Strange Dictionaries

by Bernard De Koven on June 15, 2003

There’s something strangely fun about strange dictionaries. Take, for example, The White Queen’s Dictionary of One-Letter Words – with over 700 entries. 700 one-letter words? 34 entries for the “E” word alone. Does not one almost feel an obligation to virtually thumb through its mono-lettered pages?

Or, instead, take the “Dictionary of All-Consonant Words,” and its companion volume, yes, you guessed it, the “Dictionary of All-Vowel Words” – don’t the very names somehow tickle your literary funny bone?

These aren’t word games, but they are resources for endless hours of word play, provided, both gratis and for free, by Craig Conley’s Strange and Unusual Dictionaries website.

Conley’s spirit of genrousity extends not only to his own dictionaries, but also to another eleven Strange and Unusuals, dictionary-wise, each revealing yet some other aspect of the value of language as a plaything. My favorite, because of my personal penchant for verbivorical verbosity, the Grandiloquent Dictionary.

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