more seat-of-the-pants etymology for our delectation

Doug_Harris cats22 at STNY.RR.COM
Mon Nov 17 18:22:08 UTC 2008

I'm curious why you feel that's a 'trap'. If he )Blount perceives something
sensual in such words, more power to 'em, I say. <smile>
I imagine that trap _might_ be if he were to assume others for whom he
might be writing will feel the same sensations (or whatever) when they
read his, um, turn-on words.

Blount does, however, fall into the trap of thinking that words he's
fond of -- "queasy", "rickety", "zest", "sluggish", "vim" -- "somehow
sensuously evoke the essence of the word".


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