What are good books and other resources for gaining higher proficiency in vocabulary use and becoming a master wordsmith in English?
For example, resources focused on etymological roots of words (e.g. Greek, Latin, etc), without learning those root languages entirely (not feasible), would be helpful.
For wrangling up new vocabulary, I'd prefer more than just a simplistic listing of words or thesaurus (most thesaruses suck, anway). Something more geared toward learning them. In addition to those, a decent (electronic and/or online if possible) thesaurus would be nice, noting that most suggest basic, obvious words (like the suck that is thesaurus.com).
So, I recently discovered an oddity in my speech patterns. I pronounce the first vowel of "enchilada" with father [a], but I couldn't find anyone outside my family in Wisconsin who doesn't pronounce the first vowel like in "bench." I think we got it from our dad, who's from Ohio, but my mom's from the Dakotas, and she says it the same as we do. Does anyone else here say "ahnchilada"?
Hi! I've been seeing this a lot lately, in Japanese language songs especially, and I've been meaning to ask about it. What does it mean when an i-adjective, like utsukushii, has its end changed from i to ku to ki? ie, utsukushii>utsukushiku>utsukushiki? Thanks in advance for the help:)