“Authorisms” review (link)

From The Write Stuff:

Words Wrought By Writers

John Coyne Jr. reviews Paul Dickson’s “Authorisms: Words Wrought By Writers.” Says Coyne: “Shakespeare’s ‘written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds of authorisms.’ How many hundreds is a matter of scholarly conjecture, with estimates running from 1,700 to 6,000 new words. Geoffrey Chaucer gave us ‘bed,’ ‘bagpipe’ and ‘Martian,’ and according to one scholar, John Milton is England’s ‘greatest neologist,’ with coinages like ‘debauchery,’ ‘besottedly,’ ‘lovelorn,’ ‘pandemonium,’ ‘Satanic’ and ‘all hell broke loose.’” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/6/book-review-chaucer-gave-us-martian/?page=all#pagebreak

 

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