Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver", the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend?
By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in Wordcatcher, listeners will be lured by language and entangled in etymologies. Author Phil Cousineau takes us on a tour into the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity.
The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class, and when 200 students applied to study with him, he only had room for 20 of them. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. So too, with this book - it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.
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"Cousineau takes us into the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity." (Writer's Journal)
"Phil Cousineau is a word wizard and his book, Wordcatcher, is a delightful adventure into a magical world. As I read his amazing etymological explanations of words from eldritch to floccinaucinihilipilification to lagniappe, I begin to understand why the Bible says 'In the beginning was the Word.' Phil has made clear that words don’t merely describe reality. They create it." (Deepak Chopra)
"Stake out a claim next to the standard dictionary you use for this less pedantic companion. It contains fewer words but sends up Fourth of July skyrockets on all of them. But caveat emptor, readers beware! Cousineau’s love affair with words is contagious and you are likely to end up lovesick with words yourself." (Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions and Tales of Wonder)
I think I would like to have both. The audio edition is helpful, in knowing how the words are pronounced, but I'd like to have this ebook, as well, for reference.
There are no characters, just facts and quotes. I'm a word lover, so I really enjoyed all of the quotes.
I was impressed with his ability to pronounce all of these words!
Wonder- I felt wonder at the sheer volume of huge words.
This book is for lovers of words. It's an alphabetical compendium of wonderful words, along with their roots and definitions. Not written like a dictionary, but rather interspersed with quotes and quips from everyone from Shakespeare to Buffy the vampire slayer.
I think the audio edition is a bit better as you hear the word pronounced.
I really enjoyed learning the new words. I was pleasantly suprised to know several words covered.
No real scenes in this book
No extreme reaction, just enjoyment.
If you like words, this book is a good choice. The narrator does a good job of pronouncing the words and reading the definition.
A verbally illustrated compendium of only 250 chosen words not simply defined and contextualized, but expanded and expounded upon. Where did it come from? How has it been used? Who has used it in a way that has made it noteworthy in some fashion? Listen to this exploration of verbosity performed by the dependably articulate Narrator Jack. His well-modulated voice gives life and variety to this presentation.
This book was a gift to a bibliophile.
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