Gallimaufry: A hodgepodge of our vanishing vocabulary

Gallimaufry: A hodgepodge of our vanishing vocabulary

by Michael Quinion (Author)

Synopsis

What is a gallimaufry anyway? And when did you last hear someone refer to the wireless? What was the original paraphernalia? Would you wear a billycock? Language is always changing, and here Michael Quinion, author of the bestselling POSH and Other Language Myths, has gathered together some fascinating examples of words and meanings which have vanished from our language. Sometimes a word is lost when the thing it describes becomes obsolete, sometimes it survives in a figurative sense while the original meaning is lost, and sometimes it simply gives way to a more popular alternative. The story of these and many other words opens a window into the lives of past speakers of the English language.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Published: 11 Sep 2008

ISBN 10: 0199551022
ISBN 13: 9780199551026

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Michael Quinion, word scholar par excellence, provides an entertaining and informative look at many wonderful words and phrases that have mostly gone by the boards. --Daniel Boice, Catholic Library World

Michael Quinion, word scholar par excellence, provides an entertaining and informative look at many wonderful words and phrases that have mostly gone by the boards. --Daniel Boice, Catholic Library World
Author Bio

Michael Quinion is a professional writer who has published widely on the English language. He was a co-author of the second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of New Words.