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·how to estimate the size of your vocabulary
·the functions of jargon
·when clichés are necessary
·the value of slang words ("the chief use of slang/is to show you're one of the gang")
·how to create your own "semantic field"
·how to become a word detective
·how to keep a record of your child's words
·and much more!
With illuminating sidebars featuring everything from common word origins and sample definitions from the dictionaries of Samuel Johnson and Ambrose Bierce to a passage from Finnegan's Wake and the winning entries of The Guardian Text Message Poetry Competition, Words, Words, Words will both satisfy and spark the curiosity of anyone who has ever been intrigued, befuddled, or awed by words and myriad ways we use them.