I PROBABLY would have been happy as an etymologist working for the OED (I would subscribe, but it costs $295 a year for the online edition!), so when I found this on Daily Literary Quote, which I’ve installed on my google home page, I had to spread it far and wide:
“She knew words no one had ever heard of, and she used words every day that had been mainly dead or sleeping for hundreds of years.”
                           –Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale