One Word contains corn, not the vegetable but the idea; solmizate, to sing an object into place; and delicious slang, such as darb and dassn’t. Composed as lyric essays, quips, and etymological adventures, the writings address not only English words but some from Japanese, Quechua, Basque, and Igbo. The result is a wonderful meal, filled with color, personality, and pomp.
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One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe