I’m up to my ears in past-due work, but I need to share another tidbit from Mr. Bryson, this time on words that have fallen out of use or were never used much in the first place. I have now fallen in love with velleity, which Mr. B decribes thus:

[…] a mild desire, a wish or urge too slight to lead to action.

What a perfect word! It could almost be the title of a novel. I kind of want to write it myself, but…you know…