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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.

4 Phonetic Alphabets That Didn't Survive
10 Facts About Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary
25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To
25 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
25 Smart Words You Should Be Using But Aren’t
25 Words You Didn't Know Were in the Dictionary
Beyond “Buffalo buffalo”: 9 Other Repetitive Sentences From Around The World
When Lexicographer Samuel Johnson Became a Ghostbuster
5 Poems With Amazing Wordplay
7 Other Great Fires of London
The Dangerous History Behind the Word 'Deadline'
How Paul Wittgenstein Paved the Way for One-Armed Concert Pianists
10 Long-Forgotten Expressions To Drop Into Conversation
The Proper Names of 17 Bodily Functions
6 Times Multiple Leaders Reigned in a Single Year
15 Words That Aren’t As Straightforward As They Look
15 Obscure Words For Everyday Feelings And Emotions
40 Words That Start With X
10 Body Parts Hiding in the Dictionary
10 Composer vs. Composer Insults
How Ancient Rome’s Scariest Ghosts Gave Their Name to Madagascar’s Lemurs
15 Unusual Patron Saints
30 Excellent Terms From a 17th Century Slang Dictionary
Tax Your Brain With 5 Victorian Riddles
The Shakespeare Fraud That Tricked Late 18th Century London
Tax Your Brain With 5 Victorian Riddles
8 U.S. City Names That Might Have Been
41 Facts About the 41 Kings and Queens Since 1066
22 Two-Letter Words To Boost Your 'Scrabble' Score
10 U.S. City Names That Might Have Been
The 19th Century Aristocrat Who Literally Painted The Town Red
9 Bizarre Objects Owned by Henry VIII
Pink Used To Be Yellow (No, Really)
28 Weird and Wonderful Irish Words
The Mysterious 19th Century ‘Princess' Who Fooled a Town 
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
Wilson A. Bentley: The Man Who Photographed Snowflakes
What Happened When Elizabeth I Organized A National Lottery
11 Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Opposites
13 Alternative Lyrics From “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
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
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