Though new words get added to dictionaries frequently, there are words that have slipped out of common usage. These words are still quite applicable, and you can find times to use them. In The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities, Paul Anthony Jones brings some of these words back into the public eye.
I like learning new words, and there are 366 words in this book to learn about. However, each entry holds more than just the definition of the word. Where possible, the known history is given. I find this helpful, especially if the words comes from another language.
An event in history that matches with the word closes out the entry. These bits of trivia make the book even better to me, as they cover a wide variety of subjects. Plus, if you’re looking to slip the word into a conversation, these events can be a good way to explain the word, or just act as a jumping off point.
One thing that I would have liked to have seen is a pronunciation guide, especially on the odder words. If I’m going to learn new words, I would really like to pronounce them as accurately as possible. The book is still fun without the pronunciations, I just think that would make it better.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.