Shallow Water Dictionary

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Princeton Architectural Press, Dec 18, 2003 - Reference - 59 pages
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Shallow Water Dictionary is both a celebration of the richness of our vernacular language and a lament on its passing and with it, the passing of the words we need to understand our shallow water regions, once the primary landscape of America and now facing extinction, both physical and linguistic.
This small book is an intriguing and valuable addition to our knowledge of a changing landscape. Literary, etymological, historical, and vernacular investigations of such varied terms as guzzle, creek, and chartreuse, Stilgoes definitions are lyric explanations of words whose original meanings have been eroded by time.

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This is, both in form and content, an odd little book . . . but a fascinating one. At barely 64 pages, each not much bigger than an index card, it probably contains fewer words than a modest magazine ... Read full review

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John R. Stilgoe is the Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape at Harvard University. He lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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