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Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers - Paul Dickson

New Review! AUTHORISMS: Words Wrought by Writers

 

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The story of English is complicated, made more so by the weird rules, the incomprehensibly vat vocabulary, and the magpie's glee English speakers take in vacuuming up words from every language that has a cool one or two that strike our collective fancy.

 

Then come the authors, eager to be the first on the block with another spiffy neologism, and good gracious it's a wonder any of us can understand our own thoughts! Word-books like this one, set up for browsing, are a fun and interesting way to add depth to our own understanding of English and enrich our vocabularies while chuckling, giggling, and pondering happily.