Storied Words PDF download by Jeff Jeske

Storied Words

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Publication date: March 2004
ISBN: 9780595761906
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From alphabet to zeugma Storied Words reveals the picturesque stories of 1,000 words that we use to talk about writing. You will learn about: The actual pictures behind our alphabet letters (e.g., "A", the inverted head of an ox; "B," a two-chambered house; "Z," a sword and shield) The surprising common origin of grammar and glamour The literal meanings of our rhetorical devices The "meaningless chatter" in jargon's ancestry The picturesque origins of the words we use to talk about style The "mock song" of parody How and why the librarian of the great ancient library of Alexandria gave us the komma, the kolon, and the periodos Each chapter begins with an introductory essay followed by alphabetized discussions of individual words. Chapter topics include the writer's tools, patterns of arrangement, style, rhetorical choices, grammar, writers in academe, and publishing. Storied Words is chock full of quotations and anecdotes from writers throughout history; it also contains an essay on the history of the English vocabulary.
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