Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words
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About the Author
Phil Cousineau is a bestselling author, editor, photographer, award-winning documentary filmmaker, adventure travel leader, and independant scholar who lectures around the world on a wide range of topics from mythology, mentorship, and soul. His books include The Art of Pilgrimage, Soul Moments, Riddle Me This, and The Soul Aflame. A protege of the late Joseph Campbell, Cousineau is also the author of The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
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
A book that allows us to remember the genius of language-- to see, feel and, it seems, even taste the living-ness and poetry hidden within these many common and uncommon words. A delicious book. --Jacob Needleman, author of What Is God?-- "Reviews"
I am awed by Phil Cousineau's scholarship and the overall view he has of inner matters. He has a genius for the soulful dimensions of words, and a rare intelligence for communicating the numinous dimension of language. Wordcatcher will grace the lives of all who read it, and inspire them to respect, even revere words as much as its author does. --Robert A. Johnson, author of He, She, and A Slender Thread-- "Reviews"
Phil Cousineau's Wordcatcher is a wonderful meditation on words that can be read from beginning to end if you are obsessed with speech, greedy for mountain air, and into enlightened verbal play. Not a dry lexical listing, each word Cousineau chooses sings with cellos, vagabonds through tongues and history, and bounces like a balloon on the moon, and as high as his quirky imagination takes us. Compelled reading for residence in the ancient synagogue of the word. --Willis Barnstone, author of the Restored New Testament and Ancient Greek Lyrics-- "Reviews"
Wordcatcher stirs up...the delight that comes with finding the unexpected embedded within the familiar --ForeWord Reviews-- "Reviews"
All throughout my delightful role as Watson to Cousineau's Holmes (with great panache, of course), I felt the passion, the anticipation of joy and the rhapsody of the chase as I discovered the oftentimes secret origins and meanings of the most bewildering, the most astonishing, the most completely absurd, and even the most sardonic and contemptuous of words, and, finally, the wise and witty. --Christina Forsythe, Fresno Book Review
Whether an unabashed wordnerd or a casual reader, a dictionary hound or someone looking to expand your own personal lexicon, there is plenty to interest you in Wordcatcher. --Glenn Dallas, Sacramento Book Review
[Cousineau] is continually pushing the envelope in finding interesting topics to scrutinize --Helene Vachet, New Perspectives Magazine
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
Wordcatcher allows us to remember the genius of language--to see, feel and, it seems, even taste the living-ness and poetry hidden within these many common and uncommon words. A delicious book. --Jacob Needleman-- "Reviews"