Paul Anthony Jones
Joined: Jun 20, 2014
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.
There are plenty of obscure English words you can turn to when the current dictionary just isn't cutting it.
A vast vocabulary of words have been invented, borrowed, and accumulated over the centuries to describe almost every color and shade imaginable.
Here are the stories and meanings behind 25 words, names, and titles that you might not have realized actually stand for something.
Does it have to do with pea coats? Or maybe Latin scribes?
“A Big Secret Conceals Her Past” will help you remember the names (and order) of Henry VIII's wives.
You can flout these rules, but you can't flaunt them.
Some of our favorite words come from body parts. Scratch your 'caput' over the origins of these anatomically derived terms.
Not all of Shakespeare’s snappiest phrases and expressions caught on.
Stop the presses—there is a rhyme for orange, and for purple. You just have to get creative (and maybe a little scientific).
From allerednic to yob, these ananyms and semi-ananyms have backed their way into the dictionary.
The next time you interrupt an important meeting with a ructus or a borborygmus, you’ll at least have the perfect word for it.
Unless we have some winnol-weather or lamb-blasts on the way, it seems spring is finally coming.