The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language


By (author) Mark Forsyth

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  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 286 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0425264378
  • ISBN 13: 9780425264379
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 346,190

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Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you're "philogrobolized." Find yourself pretending to work? That's "fudgelling." And this could lead to "rizzling," if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling "deipnosopbist "by dinner. Just don't get too "vinomadefied"; a drunk dinner companion is never appreciated. "The Horologicon" (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the #1 international bestseller, "The Etymologicon," comes 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.

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Author information

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. He is the creator of The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose. He lives in the UK.

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Praise for "Etymologicon" "The Facebook of books...Before you know it, you've been reading for an hour."--"The Chicago Tribune" "A breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words...Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal."--"Kirkus Reviews" "The stocking filler of the season...How else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and "Mein Kampf"."--Robert McCrum, "The Observer" "Crikey...this is addictive!"--"The Times" "Mark Forsyth is clearly a man who knows his onions."--"Daily Telegraph" "Delightful...Witty and erudite and stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless."--"The Independent" (UK) "Witty and well researched...Who wouldn't want to read about the derivation of the word 'gormless'? Or the relationship between the words 'buffalo' and 'buff'?"--"The Guardian "(UK)