By Richard Lederer
With attention-grabbing etymologies and letter styles of greater than four hundred daily phrases, bestselling language author Richard Lederer deals insights into the main bedazzling, beguiling, and bewitching phrases within the English language. Readers will notice why William Shakespeare should be hiding within the outdated testomony; why "run" is the longest observe in English; how people's names develop into universal phrases; and the way the Bible, mythology, the ocean, the land, convey enterprise, and video games spark phrases and words in daily vocabulary. Chock-full of transfixing observe histories, magical letter play, and hilarious puns, Amazing Words is a necessary publication for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores.
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Indexicals 151 3. Strawson on Referring 153 4. Speech Act Theory 157 5. Quine and Meaning Nihilism 160 Suggested Readings 166 Chapter Ten: Non-Literal Uses 1. Conversational Implicature 167 2. Metaphor 171 3. Referential-Attributive 178 Suggested Readings 181 Chapter Eleven: Language and Community 1. Non-Literal Use and the Need for Conventions 184 2. The Private Language Argument 185 3. Davidson on the Limits of Convention 188 Suggested Readings 194 Chapter Twelve: Conclusion 195 Notes 201 References 219 Index 233 Page vii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS To begin with, I'm grateful to the following for comments on earlier drafts: Arshia Asudeh, Andrew Botterell, Andy Brook, Tim Kenyon, Robert Martin, Kate Talmage, Stephen Talmage, Daniel Stoljar and Todd Verge.
Not to mention checking every copy of every book, film or computer disk in English. Besides, the class of English word tokens literally changes from one utterance to the next. That remains fairly constant. So much for the type-token distinction. There's another essential distinction that will come up repeatedly. This one should be easier to keep in mind. The distinction is between expressions, symbols, signs, etc. and the referents of those expressions, symbols and signs. One must distinguish, for example, the word 'water' from water; similarly, there's a big difference between the name 'Kurt Cobain' and the bearer of that name.
And even more different from the English of the 1700's and 1600's. English has been evolving rapidly since it was first spoken in the fourteenth century. And it will continue to change. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Indeed, a language which remained perfectly static would cease to serve the needs of its speakers. How could speakers get along without new words like: (37) (a) Computer (b) Download (c) Microwave Besides, many of the rules which speakers purportedly "break" aren't really part of English anyway.
Amazing Words: An Alphabetical Anthology of Alluring, Astonishing, Beguiling, Bewitching, Enchanting, Enthralling, Mesmerizing, Miraculous, Tantalizing, Tempting, and Transfixing Words by Richard Lederer