A way with words

Author Ray Bradbury
Author Ray Bradbury

There's nothing I enjoy more than an author who really loves language. Ray Bradbury is one that comes to mind, especially because of the way I love to savor some of his books, lingering over sentences. I have read and re-read Something Wicked This Way Comes (which includes a wonderful sentence about how the cold air makes you eat ice cream with each breath) and I was pleasantly surprised when I re-read Fahrenheit 451 how much I also enjoyed his writing. China Mieville is another author who really loves language. Admittedly, I find I often pull out my dictionary for his books because he seems to delight in using unique words and terms. His writing tends to be a bit intensive, reading-wise and sometimes, I find I have to re-read something to figure out what he's talking about. However, I also love some of his books so much that I've re-read them several times.

I tend to take for granted my own use of language, although I sometimes wish I could be a little more creative. Especially for cursing. I tend to do a lot of that under my breath when I'm driving and even more out loud when I'm watching hockey games.  I poked around on the shelves in the 400's section (Languages) this week and came across some books that I think will really help me expand my vocabulary: The Lexicon   The Superior Person's Second Book of Weird and Wondrous Words  and Depraved and Insulting English. This last one, in particular, should prove to be quite helpful. I've already discovered terms such as "creodont" (a primitive small-brained animal) and "burke," (to murder by smothering). We have plenty more interesting language books like these in our Business/Government/Law room in Central -- ask our friendly staff to show you!


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