Storied Words

Storied Words

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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., qAq, the inverted head of an ox; qB, q a two-chambered house; qZ, q a sword and shield) The surprising common origin of grammar and glamour The literal meanings of our rhetorical devices The qmeaningless chatterq in jargon's ancestry The picturesque origins of the words we use to talk about style The qmock songq of parodyHow and why the librarian of the great ancient library of Alexandria gave us the comma, the colon, and the periods. 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.LIMERICK A type of humorous nonsense verse featuring five anapestic lines and an aahha rhyme scheme. The poetic form found its name in the 1890a#39;s, reputedly from a drinking game in which each participant made up a nonsense verseanbsp;...

Title:Storied Words
Author:Jeff Jeske
Publisher:iUniverse - 2004-03-01


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