Indian-born writer and linguaphile
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Open the dictionary and feast on the words. The bigger the better an unabridged is the best and discover that world where each word is a world in itself. Mark Twain, that master of words, once jocularly observed about a dictionary, "I have studied it often, but I never could discover the plot." Well, a dictionary is a place where each word has a plot, a whole history behind it. Each word has its own biography we call it etymology. They change, they evolve, they adapt, they die, and they get revived.
Anu Garg, Indian-born writer and linguaphile, A Word a Day, 2002
Posted on January 23, 2001 at 5:41 PM