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.

11 Words Coined 100 Years Ago
'Fake' Etymology: The Story Behind One of the Dictionary’s Most Intriguing Words
The Strange Case of Everet vs. Williams: When Two Highwaymen Took Each Other To Court
Would You Have Passed This 1920s Pronunciation Test?
30 Little-Used Loanwords To Add Some Je Ne Sais Quoi To Your Vocabulary
10 Backwards Words That Ended Up In The Dictionary
What Happened When Elizabeth I Organized A National Lottery
11 Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Opposites
The Story Behind Lewis Carroll’s Unsolvable Riddle
How An Obscure British Comedy Sketch Became The World’s Most Repeated TV Program
7 Rarely Used Orchestral Instruments
14 Word Origins Hiding In Plain Sight
7 Surprising Buildings That Were Once the World’s Tallest
8 Extraordinary Examples of Constrained Writing
21 Rhetorical Devices Explained
From Ham to Sandwich: 40 Odd British Place Names
When Theodore Roosevelt Tried to Reform the English Language
Why Do Criminals Go “On The Lam”?
5 British Witch Trials
How A Misinterpreted Anagram Predicted The Moons of Mars
10 Facts About Webster’s Dictionary for Dictionary Day
Why Do We Call General Knowledge “Trivia”?
The Original Unhappy Endings of 3 Famous Fairy Tales
10 Unexpected Emblems From Flags of the World
The Doctor Who Designed a Cipher Wheel to Decode Shakespeare
The Earliest Known Descriptions of 5 U.S. Landmarks
From Bae to Zee: 38 False Friends
What Exactly Is a “Wild Goose Chase”?
The Language of Addiction: How Discussions of Drugs and Death Have Changed Over the Past 200 Years
When Australia Went To War With Its Emus
10 Classic Political Insults
The Riot Caused By A Performance of 'Macbeth'
12 Things You Say Without Realizing You're Quoting Poetry
William Banting, Early Champion of the Low-Carb Diet
50 Verbose Verbs To Drop Into Everyday Conversation
'Opus Clavicembalisticum': The Longest Piece of Piano Music Ever Performed
Just How Magic a Word Is “Abracadabra”?
5 Essential Types of Words That Some Languages Do Without
Who Was Old King Cole? (And Why Was He Such A Merry Old Soul?)
40 Super S-Words To Supplement Your Vocabulary
The Only 5 Natural Features in the U.S. With Possessive Apostrophes in Their Names
20 Anglo-Saxon Remedies From 'Bald’s Leechbook'
40 Tremendous T-Words To Titivate Your Vocabulary
40 Intriguing I-Words To Introduce To Your Vocabulary
38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays
10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement
40 Opulent O-Words To Optimize Your Vocabulary
10 One-Letter Place Names
Why Pharaohs Were Made To Run Around Their Palaces Every 3 Years
The Original Telephone: The Bizarre Musical Language of Jean-François Sudre


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