Word Ways


Americans are great hobbyists. For the unimaginative there are supermarket style hobby shops where they can get pretanned leather, premolded plaster, preselected and prepolished stones for jewelry-making, ad infinitum. Then there are shops for collectors of different kinds, such as philatelists and numismatists. But there are some hobbies for which there are no corner shops, and upon which no financial empires are likely to be built. I know a man who collects railroad locomotives, another who presses the leaves of Chinese trees (which are hard to come by these days), and yet another who collects spider webs and mounts them on black velvet. I, too, am a collector, species logophilia - I collect words.