Sunday, July 27, 2008
Philologists "Do" Do it better
The OED, i.e., The Oxford English Dictionary has occupied, for a very good reason, a solid number three in my Top Books List.
It's not only the etymologies that I find superbly relevant to my own field or research, which as luck would have it, is also congruous with my basic hobby for, well, word origins. I've always considered philologists to be like the artists par excellence of the language business. They always have a good word up their sleeve to get things going and entertain those not so lexically inclined.
The OED also lists wonderful literary examples that come out of, say, medieval works as well as such hypermodern texts as stuff people write in the 21-st century.
In sum, the OED can never let a neophile and philology enthusiast down.
Having said that, there's a new book out which word lovers are bound to react well to.
Here's a bit of fun:
Charientism (n.) A rhetorical term to describe saying a disagreeable thing in an
Compotation (n.) An episode of drinking or carousing together
Constult (v.) To act stupidly together
The book is called Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages and it is by Ammon Shea. The Amazon specs are here.
And a favorite question of mine would have to be: "So, what letter are you on now?"
It's a most relevant book, as far as I'm concerned. Thanks, Ammon Shea!
(Tip of the hat to MR for the pointer)
graph per amazon