The words David Foster Wallace circled in his dictionary.

The words David Foster Wallace circled in his dictionary.

The words David Foster Wallace circled in his dictionary.

Language and how we use it.
April 14 2010 11:16 AM

What David Foster Wallace Circled in His Dictionary

A complete list, courtesy of the Ransom Center.

Below you'll find the complete list of words that David Foster Wallace circled in his American Heritage Dictionary. Many thanks to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin for providing us with the list. (To learn more about the Ransom Center's Wallace archive, click here.)

Most words are hyperlinked to the American Heritage definition (available online via Yahoo). In a few cases, we couldn't find the definition on Yahoo, so we just left those words in bold.

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BAL

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Bonded warehouse

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Caliposis

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crasis

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deliration

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delitescence

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diriment

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estovers

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fazenda

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fourfold

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iatric

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Kallikaks

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Molly Maguire

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murra

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ort

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solander

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tepefy

tetrastichous

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tr.

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Tyr

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