Review published on November 20, 2017.
Paul Anthony Jones, the ultimate word nerd, has published a new series of obscure and old words to use over the year. The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities really does do what it says on the jacket – it is a yearbook of forgotten words. This book will take you on a journey across history to forgotten and under used words, one for every day of the year.
I am sure that anyone who receives this book will automatically look to their birthday, I know I did, and the word of the day is mountweazel. I will have to remember to use the idea of mountweazel in my reviews and other writings. For Christmas day the word is yule-hole and I will certainly have to do that after my Christmas dinner, as usual, and I am sure many others will too.
What the reader will enjoy about this book, besides the nerdiness, is the ability to dip in and out of the book, without feeling guilty. It is one thing about all of Paul Anthony Jones’ previous books, they are enjoyable, and you are able to dip in and out of those too.
This is a book for those of us who would like to be real word nerds, and I am sure when I play scrabble, some of these words will reappear.
Paul Diggett 5/3
The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities by Paul Anthony Jones
Elliott & Thompson 9781783963584 hbk Oct 2017
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