"This little text is a collection of OBSOLETE CONCEPTS as found in the complete Oxford English Dictionary. According to its Editors, the application of the category 'obsolete' (obs.) refers to words that have been out of use since 1799. Obsolete words are deemed not 'old fashioned' enough to warrant categorization as 'archaic' -- the label that defines 'an attachment to an earlier period' -- implying that to be obsolete is to be less dead than dormant, but doubtless closer to the grave than to a rebirth. Yet consider OBSOLESCENCE recognized as a comment on cultural RELEVANCE." -- from the preface by Craig Leonard.