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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.

Words
The Proper Names of 17 Bodily Functions
List
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
Language
40 Words That Start With X
10 Body Parts Hiding in the Dictionary
10 Composer vs. Composer Insults
7 Other Great Fires of London
Language
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
History
Tax Your Brain With 5 Victorian Riddles
History
The Shakespeare Fraud That Tricked Late 18th Century London
History
Tax Your Brain With 5 Victorian Riddles
History
8 U.S. City Names That Might Have Been
History
41 Facts About the 41 Kings and Queens Since 1066
Words
22 Two-Letter Words To Boost Your 'Scrabble' Score
10 U.S. City Names That Might Have Been
Language
The 19th Century Aristocrat Who Literally Painted The Town Red
History
9 Bizarre Objects Owned by Henry VIII
Language
Pink Used To Be Yellow (No, Really)
Words
28 Weird and Wonderful Irish Words
History
The Mysterious 19th Century ‘Princess' Who Fooled a Town Into Thinking She Was Royalty
Words
11 Words Coined 100 Years Ago
Words
'Fake' Etymology: The Story Behind One of the Dictionary’s Most Intriguing Words
History
The Strange Case of Everet vs. Williams: When Two Highwaymen Took Each Other To Court
Language
Would You Have Passed This 1920s Pronunciation Test?
Language
30 Little-Used Loanwords To Add Some Je Ne Sais Quoi To Your Vocabulary
Words
10 Backwards Words That Ended Up In The Dictionary
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
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