While reading a book, I sometimes happily stumble across a wonderful word, or come across a turn of phrase that was once popular, and now is abandoned in regular usage! The word I came across recently is "incredulity." I love it! What a wondeful word! I think that Victorian era fiction, particually, is certainly filled with lots of wonderful words & turns of phrases no longer in common use. What wonderful words or turns of speach do you like/stumble upon in books that aren't commonly used?