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2/25/09: Inventing Words


By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Have you ever been looking for just the right word, only to realize it doesn't exist in the English language? The early 20th century humorist Gelett Burgess created so many words he published his own dictionary. Families regularly use special vocabulary to explain things like that noise Aunt Zelda makes when eating. We talk with the author Paul Dickson about words and what they reveal about the way we see the world. (Rebroadcast)

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