A lovely mix of rediscovered words spiced with some choice arcane information, all delivered in a dawn to dusk scenario so we can select the new additions to our vocabulary as we go about our daily round. When you reach the close of day you are left amazed at human inventiveness and playfulness with language. Mark Forsyth has drawn on some very obscure dictionaries including those of cant and slang giving us some very fruity terms, much deserving of resurrection.
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The Etymologican: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language, Mark Forsyth
Dictionary of Word Origins, Linda Flavell
The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them. Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Pretending to work? That's fudgelling, which may lead to rizzling if you feel sleepy after lunch, though by dinner time you will have become a sparkling deipnosophist. From Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, this is a book of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.
'Reading The Horologicon in one sitting is very tempting'
Roland White, Sunday Times
'A magical new book ... Forsyth unveils a selection of those obsolete, but oh-so-wonderful words'
'Whether you are out on the pickaroon or ogo-pogoing for a bellibone, The Horologicon is a lexical lamppost'
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th September 2013|
|Publisher:||Icon Books Ltd|
|Genres:||The Real World,|
|Categories:||Language: history & general works,|
Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. In 2009 he started the Inky Fool blog, in order to share his heaps of use-less information with a verbose world. He is also the author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon, and its successful sister volume, The Horologicon, both published by Icon Books.More About Mark Forsyth