Two books on the morphology of words.

The Word Detective – Searching for the Meaning of It All, by John Simpson and Words on the Move – Why English Won’t — and Can’t — Sit Still (Like, Literally), by John McWhorter. Article link below.

One Tanka on how we want words to do what we want them to do – in spite of the fact that they are now older than 18 and of majority (well, most of them).

– Douglas


Lexi’s Con

or And by that you mean?


say you plant some words
shiny alphabets in mud
with traits clear, unblurred
fit in place with just a nudge
they disperse like water, blood


©d.w.moore, haikunews
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