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WSU Press releases new Lewis and Clark book

What is a cataplasm, and what do you do with one?
Would you be insulted if someone called you argillaceous?
What does it mean when a canoe flacks?

These are all words that were familiar to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and were penned by expedition members in their notes, but are less commonly used and understood today.

As the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition draws near, Washington State University Press is pleased to announce a new title that will serve as one of the few lexical resources available for the Corps of Discovery journals: “Lewis and Clark: Lexicon of Discovery,” by Alan H. Hartley.

“The journals are a fascinating record of American English at the time of the greatest expansion in U.S. history,” Hartley said. An independent lexicographer, editor and researcher, he has contributed to the Oxford English Dictionary, New Oxford American Dictionary and Oxford American College Dictionary.

Hartley spent more than five years in research on the history, people and physical world of the expedition, hoping to help those who are interested in the Lewis and Clark expedition better understand the language of the time and also appreciate its sound. His emphasis on pronunciation will be especially valuable to historical re-enactors.

The volume features more than 1,100 entries and more than 2,000 illustrative quotations, as well as considerable background material on the English (and other languages) of the expedition. A typical entry includes the headword, pronunciation, definition, cross reference, and the related journal quotation along with date, author and citation information.

“Lewis and Clark: Lexicon of Discovery” is 6 x 9 inches, 256 pages and offered in paperback for $24.95 or spiral for $27.95. It is available at bookstores or can be ordered directly from WSU Press at 800-354-7360 or http://wsupress.wsu.edu.

Cataplasm – a poultice
Argillaceous – composed of clay
Flack – to splash

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