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Word Fugitives: In Pursuit of Wanted Words

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Despite the many thousands of dictionary words at our disposal, our language can be dismayingly inadequate. How many times have you searched for a word that means just what you want it to but failed to find anything suitable anywhere? Most of us, it turns out, lead lives rife with experiences, people, and things that have no names.

At least, they lacked names until now. Wor
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Harper
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Feb 04, 2009 Johanna is currently reading it
The author, and others revising the OED, held a ridiculously funny panel which covered lexicography, nostalgia, and the f-word, among other things. One of them dedicated a year to reading the OED in its entirety and had a lot of things to say about it. So now me and about 6,000 other people have this on hold at the library. Can't wait.
This is probably better as a newspaper column. There are several humorous neologisms, but the amount of "sent in by Jimmy Crackedcorn from Deluth, MN" that you have to wade through makes it almost not worth it.
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