Writers Preserve American Landscape Words A group of writers has collected more than 800 fading landscape terms in a new book — Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape-- in hopes of keeping them from going extinct.

Writers Preserve American Landscape Words

Writers Preserve American Landscape Words

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Barry Lopez
David Liittschwager

A group of writers has collected more than 800 fading landscape terms in a new book -- Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. Their hope is to keep words such as "kiss tank" and "lover's leap" from going extinct.

Nature writer Barry Lopez launched the project after he found that he was unable to double-check the usage of some landscape words, simply because there was no place to look.

Poet Michael Collier, who also contributed to the book, believes that the words are worth preserving because "language is the DNA of the culture." He joins John Nielsen on a trip through nature and language.

Home Ground
Language for an American Landscape
By Barry Lopez, Debra Gwartney

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