Paul Dickson: Authorisms (2014)
Paul Dickson, the author of over 50 works of nonfiction, discussed his new book, Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers.
Chortle...factoid…blabbermouth… each of these words was coined by an author, and each word was descriptive at that time, and remains relevant today. Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has created an entertaining and enlightening new collection of words and lexical curiosities originating from the minds and pens of authors throughout the ages. In Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers, Dickson compiles an alphabetical listing that includes the definition of the word along with a brief essay which places the word or phrase in its cultural context. Authorisms provides an illuminating tour of several centuries of the English language that you won’t want to miss.