This lexicon had to happen since I'm a dyed-in-the-wool 'nomenclaturist' or 'logotype.' Would you believe: a (library) card-carrying 'glossarian?' I have an abiding interest in the names of things and the meaning of words. Let's hope I'm not a 'logastellus' - which John McClellan described as "a person whose enthusiasm for words outstrips his knowledge of them?" Or, worse yet, a 'sciolist' - which Eugene Erlich defines as "a superficial pretender to knowledge?"
I always enjoyed playing around with "sound-alikes" or phonetically similar words. Some get pretty silly such as Londonderry Airs vs. London derriÃ¨res. Others are just plain fun - juxtaposed weirdness like: ice cream vs. I scream. How about acts lowly and act slowly. Icelander compared with I slander. tried icing or try dicing. lake sailing as opposed to lakes ailing. bum pout vs. bump out? Ad infinitum.
This book, however, is all about HOMOPHONES that sound alike when spoken yet having different spellings and different meanings or definitions.
My pronunciation, or idiolect, has a Midwestern patois, a blend of Northern and Midland dialects, because I have lived in metro Detroit, Michigan for 65 years. I'm guilty of having a 'lazy tongue' that elides through certain vowels, ignores diphthongs and blends consonants even though I'm a very slow speaker. In addition to my Midwestern drawl, I speak with a slight nasal twang; some think, at first, I'm Canadian. Eh?
The book includes several 'foreign' words. Our shrinking world has incorporated such alien language into our vernacular. A few commercial words, mostly automotive, are also included that reflect our everyday discourse. You'll find several ubiquitous acronyms, as well.
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This book offers a beautiful path to meander down for the pleasure seeking linguist. It is a wonderful learning tool to help aid writers and students by reinforcing the dynamic nature of the English language. This book is a must for those who feel they have mastered English as a second language. Or for those who are still in the process of understanding its nuances. The author (my Dad) may have taken some liberties or broken some traditional rules when writing this book, but it was all in keeping with his genuine love of the language and how it affects people. He would have loved for you to explore his book and perhaps even think of some Homophones that he may have missed. We miss you Dad!