Shallow Water Dictionary

  • Title: Shallow Water Dictionary
  • Author: John R. Stilgoe
  • ISBN: 9781568984087
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shallow Water Dictionary Shallow Water Dictionary is both a celebration of the richness of our vernacular language and a lament on its passing and with it the passing of the words we need to understand our shallow water regi
    Shallow Water Dictionary is both a celebration of the richness of our vernacular language and a lament on its passing and with it, the passing of the words we need to understand our shallow water regions, once the primary landscape of America and now facing extinction, both physical and linguistic This small book is an intriguing and valuable addition to our knowledge ofShallow Water Dictionary is both a celebration of the richness of our vernacular language and a lament on its passing and with it, the passing of the words we need to understand our shallow water regions, once the primary landscape of America and now facing extinction, both physical and linguistic This small book is an intriguing and valuable addition to our knowledge of a changing landscape Literary, etymological, historical, and vernacular investigations of such varied terms as guzzle, creek, and chartreuse, Stilgoes definitions are lyric explanations of words whose original meanings have been eroded by time.

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    About John R. Stilgoe


    1. John Stilgoe is an award winning historian and photographer who is the Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape at the Visual and Environmental Studies Department of Harvard University, where he has been teaching since 1977 He is also a fellow of the Society of American Historians He was featured on a Sixty Minutes episode in 2004 entitled The Eyes Have It.


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    1. A beautiful rumination on the relationship between language, cultural value, and observable nature, Shallow Water Dictionary meanders through ideas as does a boat through the marsh. The book asks us to acknowledge the importance of specific language if we are to "discriminate" the natural world and identify its value. Using a variety of dictionaries and literature, Stilgoe demonstrates the disappearance (or lack of specific treatment) of words to describe the marshland. These words, he suggests, [...]

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    2. "Landscape - or seascape - that lacks vocabulary cannot be seen, cannot be accurately, usefully visited," Stilgoe writes in Shallow Water Dictionary. This book is an essay on the drift of language. Our language for the shifting waters of the estuary has drifted or disappeared as our attention has drifted from the environment to more human-centered places. Like Barry Lopez's Home Ground, it is a paean to the natural vocabularies now facing extinction from neglect.

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    3. an essay on lost words and a world that went with them-- the world of the new england marsh. best 43-page book i ever read. Once adrift on the tide, a sea mark is FLOTSAM, and once stranded by the ebb, it is JETSAM, left on the WRACK LINE. Dictionaries other than this define flotsam as pieces of a wrecked ship or its cargo floating on the sea-- not just anything floating around, say trees washed south from Nova Scotia-- and jetsam as stuff deliberately thrown from a ship in danger of foundering- [...]

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    4. one of those books that felt like an impulse buy. obviously the marketing dept did a good job making it eye-catching. turns out a year+ later it was required reading for a class. enjoyable stepping into the past. it is hard to tell if it is a story or true (the name aids in it being illusive) but i think this is what Stilgoe intends. encouraging people to look at things differently or to recognize that there are things that are no more.

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