I've had this book for decades it seems and still find it amusing (although I must say I don't keep it where the children can easily reach it).
I think one of the appeals is that it reaches across time for equivalences and derivations. Nothing says more about a period of time, for example, than how it expresses the itself.
And if you are fond of verbiage I would think you should like this book very well. Just look at some of what is written under the heading for 'depart':
answer the final summons
cock up one's toes
drop off the hook
join the great majority
pull a cluck
stick one's spoon in the wall
sun one's moccasins
take an earth bath
Five Stars. Great entertainment for those who like obscure and profane words. Spear's discussion about Slang, Euphemism, what is Taboo, protecting children, etc. at the beginning of the book is very interesting although brief (I would have liked more). Extensive Bibliography at the end.