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Words are far too wonderful, too complex to hammer into meaning. Words have a historical breadth (etymology); they have texture (textuality); they have invested meanings (buzz). They are new to the OED (“sexting”) or flushed as “archaic,” they have yogic flexibility (“run”) or fiercely contextual (“hydrocephalus”) – they can be beautiful without context (“cellar door”), or beautiful only by context (“girl”). They play, delight, trick, turn, and pun long before they mean.

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