The Resource Authorisms : words wrought by writers, Paul Dickson

Authorisms : words wrought by writers, Paul Dickson

Label
Authorisms : words wrought by writers
Title
Authorisms
Title remainder
words wrought by writers
Statement of responsibility
Paul Dickson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"William Shakespeare's written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds that were coined or popularized by him. Some of the words never went further than their appearance in his plays, but others--like bedazzled, hurry, critical, and anchovy--are essential parts of our standard vocabulary today. Many other famous and lesser-known writers have contributed to the popular lexicon. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Sir Walter Scott ranks second to Shakespeare in first uses of words and giving a new and distinct meaning to already existing words (Free Lances for freelancers). John Milton minted such terms as earthshaking, lovelorn, by hook or crook, and all Hell broke loose, and was responsible for introducing some 630 words. Gifted lexicographer Paul Dickson deftly sorts through neologisms by Chaucer (a ha), Jane Austen (base ball), Louisa May Alcott (co-ed), Mark Twain (hard-boiled), Kurt Vonnegut (granfalloon), John le Carre (mole), William Gibson (cyberspace), and many others. Presenting stories behind each word and phrase, Dickson enriches our appreciation of the English language in a book as entertaining as it is enlightening"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dickson, Paul
Dewey number
801/.3
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PN54
LC item number
.D53 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature
  • Lexicography in literature
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Linguistics in literature
Label
Authorisms : words wrought by writers, Paul Dickson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781620405406
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013038417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)864299312
  • 683516
  • (OCoLC)ocn864299312
  • 683516
Label
Authorisms : words wrought by writers, Paul Dickson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781620405406
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013038417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)864299312
  • 683516
  • (OCoLC)ocn864299312
  • 683516

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