The book is set out in reference format with background notes on the history of English and how it relates to other languages in the same family. All the 900 words are presented and played with, each of them fascinating in its own right. You won't find another book of this kind anywhere else. Dip into it one word at a time, or blaze your own trail through it to build up a picture of how meanings change and morph over time, often out of all recognition. See if you can better the puns and quips, though you may well find that an easy task in many cases. Imagine yourself in the book's bizarre scenarios, where past meets present and long-lost meanings re-emerge. Use the content mercilessly in all kinds of social situations, demonstrating your wit, erudition and powers to amuse and entertain. But you'd better hurry before everyone else does the same before you and leaves you trailing in their wake. Above all, enjoy the sheer imagination and poetry inherent in the history of these words and the light that they throw on the lives and minds of our English-speaking forbears. You won't regret it!