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A Dictionary of Idiocy - Bayley, Stephen
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[ED: Softcover], [PU: Gibson Square], From the title, you might assume that this is a compendium of examples of foolishness. Bayley himself appears to back that up in his introduction when he invokes Flaubert's Dictionary of Received Ideas, and claims to be reviving "a neglected phenomenon: what the French call a 'sottissier' and we would call a collection of howlers, or perhaps, platitudes". (By the way, the correct spelling is "sottisier" proof-reading is shoddy throughout). But Bayley follows this with an etymology of the word "idiot", pointing out that it originally meant no more than a private man: "This is the form of idiocy we are examining here: the private man with opinions of his own." Later, he says that "What follows is a collection of modern opinions."What follows, in fact, is a muddled series of alphabetically arranged entries on such diverse topics as Aristocracy, Consumerism, Phallic Symbolism and Venice. Sometimes Bayley seems to be offering, like Flaubert, a digest of clichés, as when he kicks offthe entry on the French with de Gaulle's line on the difficulty of governing a country that has 246 kinds of cheese. But, the next moment, he offers a long quotation from Santayana, and elsewhere he seems to be asserting his own views. The underlying rationale is impossible to sort out. Certainly, a book that quotes liberally from Dr Johnson, Voltaire and de la Rochefoucauld is dealing neither with foolishness nor with modern opinions.The incoherence would not be important if Bayley had new and vital ideas to offer, but the matter of the articles too often descends into the merely etymological. He frequently contradicts himself, which is forgivable in a book of opinions, and repeats himself, which is not. At times he is bizarrely anachronistic: complaining of the limpness and lack of imagination of English salads, he quotes Elizabeth David, writing in 1955., [SC: 1.50], wie neu, gewerbliches Angebot, [GW: 200g]

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Softcover 224 S. Broschiert From the title, you might assume that this is a compendium of examples of foolishness. Bayley himself appears to back that up in his introduction when he invokes Flaubert`s Dictionary of Received Ideas, and claims to be reviving ""a neglected phenomenon: what the French call a `sottissier` and we would call a collection of howlers, or perhaps, platitudes"". (By the way, the correct spelling is ""sottisier""; proof-reading is shoddy throughout). But Bayley follows this with an etymology of the word ""idiot"", pointing out that it originally meant no more than a private man: ""This is the form of idiocy we are examining here: the private man with opinions of his own."" Later, he says that ""What follows is a collection of modern opinions.""What follows, in fact, is a muddled series of alphabetically arranged entries on such diverse topics as Aristocracy, Consumerism, Phallic Symbolism and Venice. Sometimes Bayley seems to be offering, like Flaubert, a digest of clichés, as when he kicks offthe entry on the French with de Gaulle`s line on the difficulty of governing a country that has 246 kinds of cheese. But, the next moment, he offers a long quotation from Santayana, and elsewhere he seems to be asserting his own views. The underlying rationale is impossible to sort out. Certainly, a book that quotes liberally from Dr Johnson, Voltaire and de la Rochefoucauld is dealing neither with foolishness nor with modern opinions.The incoherence would not be important if Bayley had new and vital ideas to offer, but the matter of the articles too often descends into the merely etymological. He frequently contradicts himself, which is forgivable in a book of opinions, and repeats himself, which is not. At times he is bizarrely anachronistic: complaining of the limpness and lack of imagination of English salads, he quotes Elizabeth David, writing in 1955. 0 ohne Angabe, [PU:Gibson Square]

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Paperback, [PU: Gibson Square Books Ltd], Wittgenstein said that if people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever happen. Why does Judeo-Christianity love mountains? Why was fear of drinking from skulls the original reason for cremation? This work gathers the bizarre and unknown facts that make our world tick., Humour Collections & Anthologies

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Dictionary of Idiocy
Author:

Stephen Bayley

Title:

Dictionary of Idiocy

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1906142629

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9781906142629
ISBN (ISBN-10): 1906142629
Hardcover
Paperback
Publishing year: 1955
Publisher: Macmillan DMACDIS Orphans
Weight: 0,789 kg
Language: Englisch

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ISBN/EAN: 1906142629

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1-906142-62-9, 978-1-906142-62-9

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