The Romance of Words.
By Ernest Weekley, MA. Price, $1.25. Pp 175, with no illustrations. Dover Publications, Inc. (paperback), 180 Varick St, New York 14, 1961.Ernest Weekley, who died almost a decade ago, first published a monograph entitled "The Romance of Words" in 1911. Recently it has been reissued as a paperback by Dover Publications, Inc. It is Weekley's final (1949) edition of his well-known work. I read this along with John Moor's book, You English Words, a book which gets its title fromYou English wordsI know you:You are light as dreamsTough as oak,Precious as gold,As poppies and corn,Or an old cloak...—Edward Thomas: WordsAnybody with even a passing interest in exchanging ideas, acquiring information, or, as people tend to say now as they aim at profundity, communicating, has an interest in words. This interest should be far-reaching in its scope