Monday, September 16, 2013


Say Again?
“I recently read Vladimir Nabokov’s autobiographical masterpiece Speak, Memory. One learns there that Nabokov read in English before reading in his native Russian. Having said that, his embrace of what I would still call his second language is dizzying and unrelenting. Here are a few of his words that I wrote down: ‘fritillary,’ ‘chamfrained,’ ‘ghyll,’ and ‘laciniate.’ Now you know why God invented the Oxford English Dictionary.” 

 Alex Beam, Confessions of a Word Snob,” The New York Times, April 29, 2013  

• Editorial Comment: Dizzying, indeed.
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