In Wordcatcher Phil Cousineau tells us all about words. He talks a bit about words in general but mostly about particular words.
This book reads almost like a set of short stories. The section on each word is fairly short, and it sounds like he is telling you what an old friend has been up to, instead of trying to teach you something.
So you end up learning something just because he makes it seem so interesting.
The words he chooses are pretty neat too. Abracadabra starts it off, and he tells us where the word came from, what it has done, and what is so neat about it. Then we learn about absurd, argonaut, boondocks, Canada, canoodle, flizzen, lagniappe, skedaddle, urchin, and zemblanity, and many more.
That’s a whole lot of words. And a lot of history. And some fun reading.
I enjoyed it. I’m gonna keep it as a reference too. You never know when you might need a weird word.
About the Book:
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? Author Phil Cousineau explores 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 for 20 students. Two hundred applied to study with him. 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.
About the Author:
PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.”
This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Crafting Calm, Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.
I received a free book to review.