Now, some tentative sources for . . . calm yourselves . . . the “dictionaries” project.
- Hayakawa, S. I. and Alan R. Hayakawa. 1940. Language in Thought and Action. Fifth edition. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1990.
- McFedries, Paul. Word Spy: The Word Lover’s Guide to Modern Culture. New York: Broadway Books, 2004.
- West, Paul. The Secret Lives of Words. New York: Harcourt, 2000.
- Williams, Raymond. Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. New York: Oxford UP, 1976.
This post is more for archival purposes: If I don’t get a chance to read these in the next few month or so (well, “read” in a very loose sense–skim is more accurate), this way I’ll have a record of the texts I want to check out again.
If anything sticks out as being obsolete or roundly discredited, please let me know.