Tentative Sources for “Dictionaries” Project

Now, some tentative sources for . . . calm yourselves . . . the “dictionaries” project.

  1. Hayakawa, S. I. and Alan R. Hayakawa.  1940.  Language in Thought and Action.  Fifth edition.  San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1990.
  2. McFedries, Paul.  Word Spy: The Word Lover’s Guide to Modern Culture.  New York: Broadway Books, 2004.
  3. West, Paul.  The Secret Lives of Words.  New York: Harcourt, 2000.
  4. 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.


3 Responses to “Tentative Sources for “Dictionaries” Project”

  1. jeff Says:

    There are a few “keywords” books out there. Another decent one regarding technology is Swiss (ed)’s Unspun.

  2. mike Says:

    Excellent . . . Thanks for the tip.


  3. Kim Lacey Says:

    I just ran across this project, and thought you’d appreciate it:


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