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Forgotten English By Jeffrey Kacirk

Forgotten English
by Jeffrey Kacirk

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A humorous guide to antiquated words, with history, literary excerpts and drawings. The author includes excerpts from Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson et al. A social history of centuries past seen through the lens of language.
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Forgotten English by Jeffrey Kacirk

Have you ever sent a message via scandaroon, needed a nimgimmer, or fallen victim to bowelhive? Never heard of these terms? That's because they are a thing of the past. These words are alive and well, however, in Forgotten English, a charming collection of hundreds of archaic words, their definitions, and old-fashioned line drawings. For readers of Bill Bryson, Henry Beard, and Richard Lederer, Forgotten English is an eye-opening trip down a delightful etymological path. Readers learn that an ale connor sat in a puddle of ale to judge its quality, that a beemaster informed bees of any important household events, and that our ancestors had a saint for hangover sufferers, St. Bibiana, a fact pertinent to the word bibulous. Each selection is accompanied by literary excerpts demonstrating the word's usage, from sources such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Chaucer, and Benjamin Franklin. Entertaining as well as educational, Forgotten English is a fascinating addition to word lovers' books.

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About Jeffrey Kacirk


Jeffrey Kacirk is a research aficionado with a special love for antique dictionaries. He lives in Marin County, California.

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GOR003114464
Forgotten English by Jeffrey Kacirk
Jeffrey Kacirk
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers Inc
1999-02-17
256
0688166369
9780688166366
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.