Word Ways


We wordsters owe a debt of gratitude to the thousands of indefatigable delvers in the mines of language who bring out the ore which we smelt to fashion our tools and toys. Let me illustrate this by singling out an important and fascinating book by C. F. and F. M. Voegelin, a husband and wife team of linguisticians, called Classification and Index of the World's Languages in the Foundations of Linguistics Series under the editorship of Prof. Charles F. Hockett of Cornell University, a contributor to Word Ways, distinguished linguistician, composer, poet, and doughty marshal of the hosts of the Hockettites in their jihad against the Chomskyites.