Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Go ahead, be a "wordmonger!"
Originally a "wordmonger" was a person who used "strange, pedantic or empty words...," so it wasn't exactly a term of approval, but today it has come to mean something more positive, a person skilled in the use of words. Your blogger himself is not really a wordmonger, but you can be, by using the Oxford English Dictionary and the companion smaller volume, the concise "OED." (We have them online and in print.) The concise OED is 100 years old this year, and you can learn more about it and its connection to the full edition at this page.