Classical Usuage: Familiarize yourself with this word, because Melville uses it all of the time. It comes up in the Extracts before you can even get to the real page numbers. An entire chapter is named Cetology. And, although our Resident Scientist Jeannette will be taking issue with some of Mr. Melville’s cetology, he intersperses it throughout the book.
Classically Mad Usage: Apparently, I’m already a cetologist. I can identify the differences between Whale Tub Toys, Whale Dress Embroidery, Whale Baby Bum Applique, and a Whale of a Mess. Oh, and I can spot a Whale of a Tale on land or sea.