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).
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