Shallow-water dictionary: a grounding in estuary English

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Princeton Architectural Press, 1994 - Reference - 43 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 the shallow-water regions, which, once the primary landscape of America, now face extinction, both physical and linguistic. Beautifully written, Shallow-Water Dictionary is a thought-provoking and valuable addition to our knowlege of our changing landscape. Stilgoe's definitions are lyric explanations -- literary, etymological, historical, vernacular -- of more than 25 words and terms 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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