A Dictionary of Word Makers: Pen Pictures of the People Behind Our Language (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from A Dictionary of Word Makers: Pen Pictures of the People Behind Our Language
At my leisure I began a pursuit of these immortal personalities who are literally yours, but so often only in name. They offered a fascinating diversity and soon the spell of the chase was upon me and the interest quickened.
Other writers and book lovers will, I hope, share my pleasure and increase the richness of their writing and reading by this gallery of pen pictures of men and women who have added life, if not always lustre, to our language.
It would be simple to extend these sketches indefinitely; the scientists and mechanical inventors in particular have added a legion of names to our vocabulary. But in this book I have kept the accent upon literary allusions.
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