Paul Anthony Jones

Paul Anthony Jones is a writer and musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of word origins guide Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons, and runs its tie-in Twitter account @HaggardHawks.

42 Old English Insults
5 Essential Types of Words That Some Languages Do Without
10 Words With Spooky Etymologies
25 Fascinating Facts About Prince Philip
20 Words and Phrases Every British Royal Family Enthusiast Should Know
The Origins of 12 Christmas Words
13 Alternative Lyrics From “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
25 Fabulous Facts About Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Wedding
Things Invented By Accident
Repetitive Sentences From Around The World
The Tiger Who Came To Tea … In the Middle of Rural Yorkshire
Things Queen Elizabeth II Owns
British Royals Who Broke Protocol
Latin Phrases You Should Be Using
Wilson A. Bentley: The Man Who Photographed Snowflakes
15 Long-Lost Words To Revive This Christmas
Strange Royal Wedding Gifts
Body Parts Hiding in the Dictionary
Victorian Theatrical Slang
Words That Start With X
15 Words That Aren’t As Straightforward As They Look
13 Fascinating Word Origin Stories (That Are Completely Untrue)
7 Everyday Phrases That Have Been Rephrased
15 Words for Gossips and Chatterboxes
10 Terms That Came From Theater
15 Words You Might Not Know Could Be Used As Verbs
14 Delicious Words For Anyone Who Loves Their Food
10 Words & Phrases Coined in Comic Strips
16 Words Derived From Animals
50 Words That Sound Dirty But Actually Aren't
10 Vacation Destinations That Ended Up in the Dictionary
17 Job Titles in Victorian Slang
32 Long-Forgotten Weather Words
20 Slang Terms From World War I
The Origins of 14 Cocktail Names
11 Words That Started Out As Spelling Mistakes
15 Obscure Words for Everyday Feelings And Emotions
28 Weird and Wonderful Irish Words
How 20 Animals From Around the World Got Their Names
23 Notoriously Unrhymable Words (That Actually Have Rhymes)
Ira Aldridge: The Black Shakespearean Actor Who Broke Theater's Color Barrier
15 Animal Names That Can Be Used As Verbs
15 Obscure Words Every Pet Owner Needs in Their Vocabulary
17 Bizarre Work-Related Ailments
19 Old Cold Weather Words to Get You Through Winter
12 Old-Timey Ways of Saying “Nonsense”
Animals Named After the Noises They Make
50 Old British Dialect Words We Should Bring Back
19 Colors You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
30 Old (and Useful) Slang Names for Parts of the Body


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