The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities : A Yearbook of Forgotten Words, Paperback / softback Book

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities : A Yearbook of Forgotten Words Paperback / softback



The ultimate gift for wordsmiths and lovers of language: a word for every day of the year; 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
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  • Category: Language: reference & general
  • ISBN: 9781783964390



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