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Vocabula Bound 1

Vocabula Books logoThis is a Vocabula Book. Vocabula Bound 1 is a collection of twenty-five essays about the English language, as well as twenty-six poems, that originally appeared in The Vocabula Review. The essays range in topic from the importance of teaching poetry to the "secret nature" of nicknames to how linguistics killed grammar.

... in the right definition of names lies the first use of science: and in the wrong, or no definitions, lies the first abuse; from which proceed all false and senseless tenets. — Thomas Hobbes

Here is the table of contents:


Part the First — Outbursts

Kelly Cannon: Lawyers vs. Language

Steve Cook: Writing Down to Readers

Susan Elkin: Children Deserve Poetry

David Isaacson: Kvetching About Literary Criticism

John Kilgore: Why Teachers Can't Read Poetry

Mark L. Levinson: The Ribbon

Mark L. Levinson: Shark Never

Penni Pearson: One Day Desultorily Reading the American

Heritage Dictionary at F, I Stumble Upon Farkleberry and

Penni Pearson: Sister Margaret's

Brian Taylor: Essential Theatre

Brian Taylor: L'Art Poetique

Part the Second — Insights

Marylaine Block: Grammar Matters

Tim Buck: The Art of Conversation

Joseph Epstein: Upsizing

David R. Williams: Snobs and Slobs

Ken Bresler: Playing the Synonym Game

Michael J. Sheehan: Nifty Neologisms

Warren Jones: Tongue

Warren Jones: Quiet Fight

Elana Wolff: 1949 Santa Fe Lounge Car

Elana Wolff: Marmara

Barry Spacks: The Placing of a Comma

Barry Spacks: From the Skymind Café

Part the Third — Explanations

Tina Bennett-Kastor: Our Democratic Language

Mark Halpern: Why Linguists Are Not to Be Trusted on Language Usage

Tracy Lee Simmons: Getting the Words Right

Valerie Collins: Words of a Feather

Julian Burnside: Obscene Words

Peter Corey: How Linguistics Killed Grammar

Orin Hargraves: Who Owns English

jjoan ttaber: Singular They: The Pronoun That Came in from the Cold

Bert Stern: A Little Poem

Bert Stern: Sail Away

Laura Cherry: Cab Ride to Logan

Laura Cherry: Settlement

Ernest Hilbert: A Writer's Life

Ernest Hilbert: Temptation of St. Anthony (Detail of Demons)

Part the Fourth — Oddities

David Carkeet: Titanic Blunders

Darren Crovitz: The Secret Nature of Nicknames

Richard Lederer: Politicians Incorrect

Rohit Gupta: The Pen Is Mightier Than MSWord

Clark Elder Morrow: Mr. Goldentongue

Christopher Orlet: The Last Words

Fred Moramarco: Takes on Shakes — 6

Fred Moramarco: Takes on Shakes — 17

Sarah Skwire: Church-Going

Sarah Skwire: The Thing with Feathers

Matt Hart: Knock Knock Knock

Matt Hart: Interior Decoration Committee

Lauren Rile Smith: New York

Lauren Rile Smith: Shadow


Biographical Notes

Cover: Fabricate (2008) by Mel Kadel

Product Details

Perfect bound

5 1/4" by 8 1/4" trim

240 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0-9774368-6-6

Published 2008

Note: Because the cost of postage to international destinations is so high, we can mail Vocabula Bound 2 only to U.S. and Canadian addresses.

 You can order Vocabula Bound 1 from Vocabula Books or Amazon.

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Other Books by Robert Hartwell Fiske
To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing
The Dictionary of Unendurable English
Elegant English

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