The Little Book of Lost Words: Joe Gillard

★★★

Joe Gillard’s The Little Book of Lost Words is a delightful mini dictionary on the most fun words you never knew you needed in your vocabulary.

The Little Book of Lost Words, Joe Gillard

Thanks to Random House for the free book!

The words highlighted in this book are all very outdated, but not irrelevant! They come from more extravagant, expressive times and describe the most odd of human experiences and emotions. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to add such fun, unique words to your vocabulary in this small, delightful book.

My Thoughts

The Little Book of Lost Words is such a fun, charming book. Each word is used in a sentence to help you understand its meaning, and these sentences are hilarious – the contrast between very old, outdated words and their use in the context of today’s lingo and culture is a riot. Each word is also associated with a fantastically weird, real painting that relates to the word.

This book is surely a quick, light lift and would be so fun to read with a group. That there is a word for the most ridiculous things is a hoot! My favorite words in the book are fudgel (pretending to be productive without actually getting anything done) and ninnyhammer (a fool); I’ve incorporated them into my everyday life and brought color into the most mundane of sentences!

Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of silly words, or just want to impress your friends, you’ll definitely enjoy The Little Book of Lost Words!


Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts on The Little Book of Lost Words. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book in the comments or at my Instagram @bookmarkedbya!

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