A whole year's worth of linguistic curiosities, just waiting to be discovered. Open the Cabinet to 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.
- Paul Anthony Jones - 384 pages - 5.8 Inches W x 8.6 Inches L x 1.2 Inches H - Hardcover - University of Chicago Press - 2019 - Item#: 978-0226646701
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