Why I guard my word-hoard

The thesaurus is a book made not only for utility, but for delight, and that’s surely part of why it’s fallen out of favor. Delight is an imprecise business, and it has its perils.

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6 thoughts on “Why I guard my word-hoard”

  1. I strongly recommend (because I think you would like it “The Joy of Sesquipedalians,” an essay by Anne Fadiman in her book _Ex Libris._ Her entire family loved words.

    1. To be clear, I didn’t think it was at all a copy, it’s just that the overall themes are the same – the joy of words, the danger of restricting which ones to use.

        1. Oh, good! Have fun reading it!
          I was so thrilled to learn that he had a second book, “Ibid”, written entirely in footnotes – and so sad that it was so terrible. I didn’t even finish it, but I reread “Ella Minnow Pea” pretty regularly because I love it so much.

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