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By Paul Dickson

ISBN-10: 1620405407

ISBN-13: 9781620405406

An enjoyable, illuminating lexicography of phrases coined through authors during the a while, released at the "sesquiquadricentennial†? (450th anniversary) of Shakespeare's beginning.

William Shakespeare's written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 phrases, together with 1000's that have been coined or popularized by way of him. a few of the phrases by no means went extra than their visual appeal in his performs, yet others-like bedazzled, hurry, critical, and anchovy-are crucial components of our usual vocabulary today.

Many different recognized and lesser-known writers have contributed to the preferred lexicon. in line with the Oxford English Dictionary, Sir Walter Scott ranks moment to Shakespeare in first makes use of of phrases and giving a brand new and particular desiring to already current phrases (Free Lances for freelancers). John Milton minted such phrases as earthshaking, lovelorn, by hook or crook, and all Hell broke loose, and used to be chargeable for introducing a few 630 phrases.

Gifted lexicographer Paul Dickson deftly kinds via neologisms by way of Chaucer (a ha), Jane Austen (base ball), Louisa could Alcott (co-ed), Mark Twain (hard-boiled), Kurt Vonnegut (granfalloon), John le Carrè (mole), William Gibson (cyberspace), and so forth. proposing tales at the back of each one note and word, Dickson enriches our appreciation of the English language in a e-book as enjoyable because it is enlightening.

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