Storied Words: The Writer's Vocabulary and Its Origins

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iUniverse, 2004 M03 23 - 338 pages
From alphabet to zeugma
<P><I>Storied Words</I> reveals the picturesque stories of 1,000 words that we use to talk about writing.</P>
<P>You will learn about:</P>
<P>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)</P>
The surprising common origin of grammar and glamour<br>
The literal meanings of our rhetorical devices<br>
The "meaningless chatter" in jargon's ancestry<br>
The picturesque origins of the words we use to talk about style<br>
The "mock song" of parody</P>
How and why the librarian of the great ancient library of Alexandria gave us the comma, the colon, and the periods.</P>
<P>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.</P>
<P><I>Storied Words</I> is chock full of quotations and anecdotes from writers throughout history; it also contains an essay on the history of the English vocabulary.</P>

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About the author (2004)

Jeff Jeske directs the writing program and chairs the English department at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He has published numerous articles on writing and literature as well as a satiric novel, <I>The Return of the War Pigs</I>.

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