Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
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What is a gallimaufry anyway? And 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 here Michael Quinion, author of the bestselling POSH and other language myths , 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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If you are interested in words, their history and origins, as I am, you will love this book. Read full review

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User 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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About the author (2006)

Michael Quinion is a professional writer who has written widely on the English language. He was a co-author of the second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of New Words and the author of Ologies and Isms. He also manages and writes for his own web site World Wide Words, launched in 1997.

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