LANGUAGE OF THE SPECIALISTS by Mario -Ed. Pei

LANGUAGE OF THE SPECIALISTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How is your wordability these days? Can you recognize coup d'etat? analyze deoxyribonucleic acid (otherwise known as DNA)? Do you know what apron and turkey mean in the theater, cannibalization in electronics, accidental in music, dummy in computer analysis, bulge in business? Can you tell the difference between a priori and a posteriori in philosophy, hyper- and hypo- in medicine? Are you moved by the poetry of words--couvade and cicatrization in anthropology, brainwashing and brinkmanship in political science, smoke holing, sky hook, spider in the construction trades? If you don't and if you are, this book is for you. Here from the vocabularies of twenty fields of specialization are the terms selected by specialists as those the generally educated man might be expected to understand. Their significance to the layman is outlined in brief introductions, but any newspaper reader will attest to their immediacy. Definitely not autotelic (a work of art created as its own excuse for being), a fun popular level verbal clue-in.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1966
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls