Paul Dickson "Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers"
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. 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… Show more
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