The Deadword Dictionary: A Book of Outdated Words Sasha Newborn

ISBN: 9780930012250

Published: January 25th 2014

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56 pages


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The Deadword Dictionary: A Book of Outdated Words  by  Sasha Newborn

The Deadword Dictionary: A Book of Outdated Words by Sasha Newborn
January 25th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 56 pages | ISBN: 9780930012250 | 4.33 Mb

The Deadword Dictionary was first written more than twenty years ago. Im making some changes, based on further refinement of the concept, and also including an Iffy section. Here are the rules for the selection of Deadwords: Orphans, words used in only a single common expression, with no flexibility, such as yore as in days of yore. Faux amis, words borrowed from another language but misunderstood or misapplied (a la mode) Obsolete words or phrases Iffy words-you decide whether they still have weight in todays language.

You might call this the rearview mirror perspective, with a huh under ones breath. Yeah? They really said that? The English language is like a kitchen sponge: it picks up all the tiny pieces of we-dont-know-what but we need a word, so well just use this stray one from we-dont-care-where. But when did you last see a doublet or spitoon or use whilom-why keep them around? A little housecleaning is in order here. Got your favorite overworked obsolete nugget? Send it in to [email protected]



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