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.

Words
22 Two-Letter Words To Boost Your Scrabble Score
History
Wilson A. Bentley: The Man Who Photographed Snowflakes
History
What Happened When Elizabeth I Organized A National Lottery
Language
11 Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Opposites
Music
13 Alternative Lyrics From “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Books
The Story Behind Lewis Carroll’s Unsolvable Riddle
TV
How An Obscure British Comedy Sketch Became The World’s Most Repeated TV Program
Music
7 Rarely Used Orchestral Instruments
Language
14 Word Origins Hiding In Plain Sight
Architecture
7 Surprising Buildings That Were Once the World’s Tallest
Language
8 Extraordinary Examples of Constrained Writing
Words
21 Rhetorical Devices Explained
Language
From Ham to Sandwich: 40 Odd British Place Names
History
When Theodore Roosevelt Tried to Reform the English Language
Big Question
Why Do Criminals Go “On The Lam”?
History
5 British Witch Trials
History
How A Misinterpreted Anagram Predicted The Moons of Mars
List
10 Facts About Webster’s Dictionary for Dictionary Day
Big Question
Why Do We Call General Knowledge “Trivia”?
Words
10 Words With Spooky Etymologies
Books
The Original Unhappy Endings of 3 Famous Fairy Tales
List
10 Unexpected Emblems From Flags of the World
Language
Beyond “Buffalo buffalo”: 9 Other Repetitive Sentences From Around The World
History
The Doctor Who Designed a Cipher Wheel to Decode Shakespeare
History
The Earliest Known Descriptions of 5 U.S. Landmarks
History
The Tiger Who Came To Tea … In The Middle of Rural Yorkshire
Language
From Bae to Zee: 38 False Friends
Big Question
What Exactly Is a “Wild Goose Chase”?
Language
The Language of Addiction: How Discussions of Drugs and Death Have Changed Over the Past 200 Years
List
8 Things Invented By Accident
Words
20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using
History
When Australia Went To War With Its Emus
Language
15 Animal Names That Can Be Used As Verbs
Language
15 Obscure Words Every Pet Owner Needs In Their Vocabulary
History
10 Classic Political Insults
History
The Riot Caused By A Performance of 'Macbeth'
Words
25 Words For Other Words
Language
12 Things You Say Without Realizing You’re Quoting Poetry
History
William Banting, Early Champion of the Low-Carb Diet
Words
50 Verbose Verbs To Drop Into Everyday Conversation
Language
11 Words That Started Out As Spelling Mistakes
Language
How 20 Animals Got Their Names
History
'Opus Clavicembalisticum': The Longest Piece of Piano Music Ever Performed
Language
14 Delicious Words For Anyone Who Loves Their Food
Language
Just How Magic a Word Is “Abracadabra”?
Language
15 Words For Gossips and Chatterboxes
Language
5 Essential Types of Words That Some Languages Do Without
Words
10 Terms That Came From Theater
History
Who Was Old King Cole? (And Why Was He Such A Merry Old Soul?)
Language
40 Excellent E-Words To Enlarge Your Vocabulary
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