Paul Anthony Jones

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The Accidental Dictionary: ...

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Around the World in 80 Word...

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The Cabinet of Linguistic C...

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Word Drops: A Sprinkling of...

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The Cabinet of Calm: Soothi...

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Haggard Hawks and Paltry Po...

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Toward Yesterday

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Revelations

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The British Isles: A Trivia...

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Word Drops by Paul Anthony Jones
"I've long been fascinated by the power of words and can remember as a child, in primary school, being completely comfortable in English lessons when we were encouraged to do dictionary practise. Looking up the meaning of words is a still something I " Read more of this review »
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“Perhaps strangest of all, however, is this cure for insanity: Wiþ þon þe mon sie monaþ-seoc: nim mere swines fel. Wyrc to swipan. Swing mid þone man. Sona bið sel. Amen. [In case a man is a lunatic: take the skin of a dolphin. Make it into a whip. Swinge him with it. Soon he will be well. Amen.]]”
Paul Anthony Jones, Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities

“When it first appeared in the language in the early seventeenth century, affiliate meant ‘to adopt a child’ – or, as the English lexicographer Henry Cockeram defined it in his brilliantly titled English Dictionarie, or an Interpreter of Hard English Words (1623), ‘to choose one for his son’. This original meaning steadily developed”
Paul Anthony Jones, The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words

“both zed and zee were used interchangeably in both British and American English, alongside a whole host of other more outlandish names for Z including izzard, shard, ezod and uzzard, all of which have long since fallen out of use. Of the two, zed is the earlier, derived at length from the name of the equivalent Greek letter zeta and first attested in written”
Paul Anthony Jones, Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons: The Origins of English in Ten Words

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