The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words (HB)

Author(s): Paul Anthony Jones


'Brilliant for anyone interested in the effervescent oddness of English' --Stig Abell on Word Drops

This is the perfect language gift book: a surprising or obscure word for every day of the year. Paul Anthony Jones has unearthed a wealth of wonderful and strange words: dip into this beautifully designed book to be delighted and intrigued throughout the year. Illuminating some aspect of that day, or simply informing and entertaining, each word reveals a story:

1 January: quaaltagh (n.) the first person you meet on New Year's Day
2 January: fedifragous (adj.) promise-breaking, oath-violating

In The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities you might explore etymological origins, learn about linguistic trivia, or wonder at the web of connections within the English language. Written with humour and a light touch that belies the depth of research it contains, this is both a fascinating compendium of etymology and a delightfully entertaining miscellany.


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* Beautiful design and easy-to-dip-into page-a-day format.; * Paul Anthony Jones is one of the rising stars in his field, well connected and with an impressive track record of original research.; * His hugely popular Twitter account @HaggardHawks has 34.6k followers and is growing by the day.; * Celebrity supporters include JK Rowling, Robert Macfarlane, Joanne Harris, Richard Osman, Greg Jenner, Ian McMillan, Danny Baker, Susie Dent, Simon Mayo, Michael Rosen, Cerys Matthews.; * Regularly features in the Telegraph, Buzzfeed and Huffington Post.

"A treasure-trove of rare words ... beautifully designed (that shade of blue is wonderful), and perfect either for dipping into every morning to learn a new word of the day, or for reading at a rather more headlong pace, as I found I was doing once I dipped my head into this wonderful cabinet of language trivia" -- Dr Oliver Tearle,; "I started reading these delightful daily doses of etymology last week, and plan to keep the book at my bedside for the whole of the year to come" - Bookish Beck; "The perfect book to dip in and out of" -- Short Book & Scribes; "There's something about words which soothes my soul and to have chance to take a look at words which have fallen out of common use and yet, when seen, still make the utmost sense, I am reminded of those people who have gone before and of the rich contribution they have made to our vocabulary ... Amongst the strange and forgotten words there are some real beauties to be discovered. Some made me smile, others made me nod my head in sage agreement, whilst others made me realise just how beautiful is our language" --

Paul Anthony Jones is something of a linguistic phenomenon. He runs the popular @HaggardHawks twitter feed, blog and YouTube channel, revealing daily word facts to 34.6k engaged followers. This led to Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities (E&T, 2015) and The Accidental Dictionary (E&T, 2016). He is the author of several other books on trivia and language: The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer (Summersdale, 2012), Haggard Hawks & Paltry Poltroons (Constable, 2013) and Jedburgh Justice & Kentish Fire (Constable, 2014). He appears regularly in the Telegraph online, BBC Radio 4's World at One, Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post and Mental Floss, and has contributed to the Guardian, Independent and Woman's Weekly, and Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries online. A piano teacher and musician, he lives in South Tyneside.

General Fields

  • : 9781783963584
  • : Elliott & Thompson, Limited
  • : Elliott & Thompson, Limited
  • : October 2017
  • : 216mm X 138mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Anthony Jones
  • : Hardback
  • : 1117
  • : English
  • : 427
  • : 384