'A First Derivations Dictionary' is a great tool to have around if you like to know the meaning of words without getting complicated.
I've been reading "Cold Mountain" because I decided to boycott the movie since they filmed it in eastern Europe somewhere. ?!?!?!?! Isn't there enough undeveloped area in the Smokies to film a Civil War story?????? Anyway, my point is that the author, Charles Frazier, turns a good word but often come up with some archaic terms that I have to know in order to understand the image. 'First Derivations' comes in handy for me there.