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Word Fugitives In Pursuit of Wanted Words

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ISBN-10: 0060832738

ISBN-13: 9780060832735

Edition: 2006

Authors: Barbara Wallraff

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Despite the many thousands of dictionary words at our disposal, our language can be dismayingly inadequate. How many times have you searched for a word that means just what you want it to but failed to find anything suitable anywhere? Most of us, it turns out, lead lives rife with experiences, people, and things that have no names. At least, they lacked names until now. Word Fugitives comes to the rescue, supplying hundreds of inspired words coined or redefined to meet everyday needs. For instance, wouldn't it be handy to have a word for the momentary confusion people experience when they hear a cell phone ringing and wonder whether it's theirs? (How about fauxcellarm, phonundrum, or…    
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Barbara Wallraff is a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly, where she has worked since 1983. Doing justice to the English language has long been a professional specialty of hers. She has written for the New York Times Magazine's "On Language" column, she is a former commissioner of the Word Police, and National Public Radio's Morning Edition once asked her to copyedit the U.S. Constitution. Her name appears in a Trivial Pursuit question -- but not in the answer. Wallraff is the author of the national best seller Word Court and Your Own Words. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.