This Book Makes Me Feel Stupid Or Dumb

The other day, I came across this book that makes me feel stupid or dumb until today

As I flipped through the pages, I flipped out.

All those strange uncommon English words and phrases sound Greek to me.

*Curgloft, confounded and bumbaz’d, with each page I turned.

Note: The above sentence is adapted from a line from a poem titled “Mother’s Grim’s Tales” by William Menton. source

I was flabbergasted, stupefied or shengulate.

In other words, I was greatly shocked.

I can still remember the book title with all those long forgotten words and phrases.

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words” by Paul Anthony Jones.

book that makes me feel stupid

It looks like an old book, tucked away forgotten at the back of a curio shop, musty second-hand bookshop, or a dusty attic.

Between the pages, is a treasure trove of whole year’s worth of linguistic curiosities, waiting to be unearthed and explored.

This is not your usual learn-a-word-day book.

It is also not a book about sesquipedalian (long words having many syllables).

For instance words like:

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobic: someone with a fear of long words

Floccinaucinihilipilification: the act of deciding that something is worthless

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: something to say when you have nothing to say.

This compendium “The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities” is filled with strange and forgotten English words and phrases.

Paul Anthony Jones dedicated each day a word/phrase together with an interesting or remarkable event, often corresponding to the date of the entry.

For instance:

1 January: The word is quaaltagh. It means the first person you meet on New Year’s Day.

On January 7: The word is sheep’s eye. It means to look amorously at someone.

14 February: The word is limerence. It means the state of being romantically infatuated or obsessed with another person, typically experienced involuntarily and characterized by a strong desire for reciprocation of one’s feelings.

1 April: The word is dorbellist. It means a fool, a dull-witted dolt.

25 September: The word is theic. It mean an excessive drinker of tea.

The Book That Makes Me Feel Stupid

If you are fascinated and intrigued with odd English words and phrases, get this cabinet of etymology and historical miscellany.

You can find the whole year’s worth of linguistic curiosities hidden in this 384-page book.

Don’t worry, the book that makes me feel stupid aka “The Cabinet Of Linguistic Curiosities” is not a *curfuggle of words. (*a confused mess; disorder, disarray)

You can read it page by page, or you can even find out the meaning and story of each word via its Wordfinder.

Anyone and even for those who are ambivaleous (equally clumsy in both hands), should get your hands on this free book online now.

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words
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Here are more free similar books about obscure, weird-sounding and dificult English words and phrases that make me feel stupid too:

Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities
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The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt through The Lost Words Of The English Language
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The Elements Of Eloquence: Secrets Of The Perfect Turn of Phrase
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The Little Book Of Lost Words: Collywobbles, Snollygosters, And 86 Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting
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The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart: 1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use
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The Big Book of Words You Should Know: Over 3,000 Words. Every Person Should Be Able to Use (And A Few That You Probably Shouldn’t)
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They Have A Word For It: A Lighthearted Lexicon Of Untranslatable Words And Phrases
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Hutchinson Dictionary Of Difficult Words
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Note: For Link 3, you need to have a free account with Internet Archive. Then you can borrow it online for 1 hour free reading only.

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Free Books For Word-Grubbers

All these free books are for those word-grubbers who want to ameliorate your atavistic lexicon, so they can engage in a little intellectual badinage.

If you think you are a mamamouchi (a term for people who consider themselves more important than they truly are), then all these free books should be your cup of tea.

You would definitely be inebriated with all this strange concoction of English words.

Well, if you are word-conjuror, let me welcome you to the mysterious world of forgotten and rare English words and phrases.

Now, with all these readily available free books, “The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities” is not the only book that makes me feel stupid.


Related: Websites to look for arcane English words, new words, slang, and colloquialisms

Check out this valuable website called The Phrontistery.

This site you can also find that half-remembered rare or obscure word you’ve been looking for, or to read and explore essays on language, linguistics, and culture.

Word Spy
A website guide for new English words.

Dictionary Of Slang
An online dictionary of English slang and colloquialisms

Lexico
Weird and wonderful words with definitions.


Disclaimer: All the links of the books mentioned here are from the third-party websites.