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on May 4, 2012
I recently finished David Crystal's "The Story of English in 100 Words," and it prompted my purchase of W.F. Buckley's book, "The Lexicon." As a pretentious student of words, Buckley's book has been a healthy dose of humility to mitigate my hubris. The man could correctly use so many words. I've read several books by Buckley and about Buckley, and watched hours of firing line and his interviews on youtube. With this background, I believe that Buckley really did have a working knowledge of all of the words listed in this wordbook. I've memorized many of these words for graduate school examinations but I have yet to work them into my everyday speech. WFB was brilliant in that regard; erudite to the core. I use this book mostly as a motivator of what is possible. I arduously pick through this book in an attempt to increase my working vocabulary. It's a wonderful book, with a wonderful introduction, and a very brief overview of the how this book came about in the back. This book is a window into the words that Buckley found useful and important. Conservatives and liberals would do well to read and implement this book into their everyday agendas. Regardless of what one may think about Buckley, and his persuasions, this book is so damn good. (I bought the $10 one, not the $4 one, fyi)
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