Monday, February 7, 2005

Wow! Albuquerque Author Writes Interjection Dictionary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Wow! Can you believe there’s never been a dictionary devoted to interjections?

That’s incredible! But things have changed thanks to Albuquerque-based author Mark Dunn, who has interjected a new book, Zounds!: A Browser’s Dictionary Of Interjections (St. Martin’s Press).

Dunn says interjections are the spontaneous comments that link human speech with the animal mind and admits when he came up with the idea for the book he said, “Eureka!”

Along with modern interjections like “Schwing!” “Cowabunga!” and “D’oh!,” Dunn uncovered more bizarre terms like, “Beaver!” which is what kids in the early 20th century would yell whenever they saw a man with a beard.

Then there’s “Rubber!” a term screamed at people who are staring at you that is based on the longer word “rubbernecker.”

Dunn doesn’t know exactly what the reviews of his book will be, but admits he hopes readers will exclaim, “Sweet!”

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