What Da Cover Says: Sometimes we all need a little reminder that it’s going to be okay… Open The Cabinet of Calm to discover a comforting word that’s equal to your troubles.
The Cabinet of Calm has been designed to be picked up whenever you need a moment of serenity. Just select the emotion listed that reflects whatever you’re feeling and you’ll be offered a matching linguistic remedy: fifty-one soothing words for troubled times.
From ‘melorism’ to ‘stound’, ‘carpe noctem’ to ‘opsimathy’, these kind words – alongside their definitions and their stories – will bring peace, comfort and delight, and provide fresh hope.
Written with a lightness of touch, The Cabinet of Calm shows us that we’re not alone. Like language, our emotions are universal: someone else has felt like this before and so there’s a word to help, whatever the challenge.
What I Says: If you are wondering what sort of book this is and how relevant it is today then check out these words found in the chapter called Xenodochy.
“Xenodochy is a word of tolerance and empathy, curiosity and cooperation. And if ever a new watchword for our modern world were needed, this is surely it.”
Powerful stuff and if ever a book was needed to deal with the stress of 2020 (viruses, Trump, social media trolls and climate crisis) then this is surely the book to help you heal.
This is the first book I’ve read by Paul Anthony Jones, I’ve seen others about but never gotten around to buying one of his books, I loved how this is laid out, a brief introduction and then come the words with a brief line to state when it would be helpful followed by a chapter on that word. You get so much information on the origins, examples of when it was first used and the odd tale about the words first use. I found it interesting how many of these words had a Scottish origin, I never knew how much influence they had.
My favourite word has to be Hurkle-Durkle, absolutely love how that one rolls off the tongue and it is very me…in fact I reckon most of us love a bit of Hurkle-Durkle now and then. Don’t google it, buy this book to find out it’s meaning.
This book isn’t going to heal you but it will help you to calm down and re-centre yourself, getting lost in words for a while will be very soothing, just as the cover states.
A brilliant book that I am now passing on to my daughter who starts A-Level Psychology soon, hopefully it will provide inspiration during the course…..Now has this author done a book on swear words?