The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words -

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words


ISBN: 9781783963584
Publication date: 2017
Format: Hardcover

$29.99


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A whole year’s worth of linguistic curiosities, just waiting to be discovered. Within these pages you might leap back in time, learn about linguistic trivia, follow a curious thread or wonder at the web of connections in the English language: 1 January quaaltagh (n.) the first person you meet on New Year’s Day; 1 April dorbellist (n.) a fool, a dull-witted dolt; 12 May word-grubber (n.) someone who uses obscure or difficult words in everyday conversation; 25 September theic (adj.) an excessive drinker of tea; 24 December doniferous (adj.) carrying a gift.

 

Paul Anthony Jones has unearthed a wealth of strange and forgotten words: illuminating some aspect of the day, or simply telling a cracking good yarn, each reveals a story. Written with a light touch that belies the depth of research it contains, this is both a fascinating compendium of etymology and a captivating historical miscellany. Dip into this beautiful book to be delighted and intrigued throughout the year.

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