Gallimaufry: a hodgepodge of our vanishing vocabulary
When did you last hear someone refer to the wireless? What was the original paraphernalia? Would you wear a billycock?
Language is always changing, and in Gallimaufry: A Hodge-Podge of Words Vanishing from Our Vocabulary Michael Quinion has gathered together some fascinating examples of words and meanings which have vanished from our language. Sometimes a word is lost when the thing it describes becomes obsolete, sometimes it survives in a figurative sense while the original meaning is lost, and sometimes it simply gives way to a more popular alternative. The story of these and many other words opens a window into the lives of past speakers of the English language.
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Review: Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing VocabularyUser Review - John Murdoch - Goodreads
If you are interested in words, their history and origins, as I am, you will love this book. Read full review
Review: Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing VocabularyUser Review - Sarah Finch - Goodreads
A fun little hop, skip, and jump through a garden variety of extinct and nearly-extinct words in the English verbiage. The most entertaining bits are those to do with food and fashion, but really this ... Read full review
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