By Richard Lederer

ISBN-10: 1936863308

ISBN-13: 9781936863303

With interesting etymologies and letter styles of greater than four hundred daily phrases, bestselling language author Richard Lederer deals insights into the main bedazzling, beguiling, and bewitching phrases within the English language. Readers will realize why William Shakespeare might be hiding within the outdated testomony; why "run" is the longest be aware in English; how people's names develop into universal phrases; and the way the Bible, mythology, the ocean, the land, exhibit company, and video games spark phrases and words in daily vocabulary. Chock-full of transfixing observe histories, magical letter play, and hilarious puns, Amazing Words is a necessary booklet for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores.

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C 17a> I Theme-topical … As Theme-textual busy fingers Theme-topical … Secure Theme-topical … Thus Theme-textual feel Theme-topical … [ What sparks off soul and mind, what descends through Fingered hope;] Theme-topical The wheel Theme-topical … and Theme-textual … and Theme-textual …. I Theme-topical ... 8╇Beyond the Clause Patterns of lexico-grammatical choice contribute to establishing texture, on the basis of which one can identify the functionally significant spans that together form the text as a whole.

Creativity in language is not limited, however, to what Mukařovský called ‘poetic language’ (Garvin 1964). Even in everyday conversation, creativity ‘inheres in responsive, dialogic, interpersonal acts of mutuality as well as in individual acts of self-expression’ (Carter 2004: 28). Acts of creativity are social and psychological, not limited to what Chomsky describes as our innate ability to produce and understand an infinite number of novel yet well-formed sentences. ‘Creativity is culturally variable’ (Carter 2004: 48).

And if it is hard to analyze, it is even harder to find an antidote, a way of release. (quoted in Klein 2000) The poem’s potential for making meaning is born out of the poet’s experience, and finds expression, where language lives, in ‘[t]he works of man and the face of human life’ (Wordsworth 2008). Edwin Thumboo’s experience in the multilingual and multicultural context of Singapore has contributed to his uniquely creative use of language. 2╇Creativity in Language Creativity occurs across a wide range of language activity, sometimes deliberate, sometimes spontaneous, ranging from the highly valued to the everyday.

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