Shouldn't there be a word...? The holes in our languge and the never-ending search for words to fill them

Wallraff, Barbara
March 2006
American Scholar;Spring2006, Vol. 75 Issue 2, p76
Academic Journal
This article discusses an excerpt from the book "Word Fugitives," by Barbara Wallraff. The beginning of the article pokes fun at how much fun it would be to be the one to make all the words in the dictionary. The Book of Saint Albans was the first dictionary printed in 1486 however the first comprehensive dictionary was not printed until 1730 by Nathan Baily. It goes on to explain that Carrol and Lear invented words for their own purposes, much like Shakespeare. In turn this article describes full circle how words made it into the dictionary and the development of new words.


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