--Paul Dickson. Dickson's Word Treasury New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1982.
Gantlet: Vulnerable to Verbicide?
I hope not!
May gantlet throw down its gauntlet
before the gathering gantlet
of verbicidists and prevail!
18 Feb 2007
I look for words that strike me as somehow curious, odd, or puzzling; more sophisticated than colloquial; and seemingly expressive of more meaning and nuance than I have thus far been able to attach to them. These words tend to appear in Time, Newsweek,The New York Times, the New Yorker. Once I've got a word that has piqued my interest, I launch into perusals of my dictionaries and specialty word books, as well as of language sites on the grid, looking for adventures, adventures that lead to discoveries, discoveries which I then share with you in my postings. I hope you will enjoy the time you spend reading my adventures — J.C.H.