Milo and Tock wandered up and down the aisles looking at the wonderful assortment of words for sale. There were short ones and easy ones for everyday use, and long and very important ones for special occasions, and even some marvelously fancy ones packed in individual gift boxes for use in royal decrees and pronouncements.
"Step right up, step right up - fancy, best-quality words right here," announced one man in a booming voice. "Step right up - ah, what can I do for you, little boy? How about a nice bagful of pronouns - or maybe you’d like our special assortment of names?"
Milo had never thought much about words before, but these looked so good that he longed to have some.
"Look, Tock," he cried, "aren’t they wonderful?"
"They’re fine, if you have something to say," replied Tock in a tired voice, for he was much more interested in finding a bone than in shopping for new words.
"Maybe if I buy some I can learn how to use them," said Milo eagerly as he began to pick through the words in the stall. Finally he chose three which looked particularly good to him - "quagmire," "flabbergast," and "upholstery." He had no idea what they meant, but they looked very grand and elegant.
"How much are these?" he inquired, and when the man whispered the answer he quickly put them back on the shelf and started to walk away.
this was one of my favorite books as a child, good fun rereading it.