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May 17, 2000
This week's theme
Words about words

This week's words
haplology
verbicide
lexis
analects
metathesis
anadiplosis
anagoge

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lexis

(LEK-sis) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: The total set of words in a language as distinct from morphology; vocabulary.

From Greek lexis (speech, word).

"It might fairly be argued that the different concentrations of lexis found in, say, the Beowulf poet, Chaucer and Shakespeare in essence reflect this expansion of the word-stock."
Geoffrey Hughes; The Diction of Poetry: An Overview, English Studies in Africa, Jan 1999.

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Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. -Leonardo Da Vinci

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