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.

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)
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
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
8 Extraordinary Examples of Constrained Writing
21 Rhetorical Devices Explained
From Ham to Sandwich: 40 Odd British Place Names
When Theodore Roosevelt Tried to Reform the English Language
Why Do Criminals Go “On The Lam”?
5 British Witch Trials
How A Misinterpreted Anagram Predicted The Moons of Mars
10 Facts About Webster’s Dictionary for Dictionary Day
Why Do We Call General Knowledge “Trivia”?
The Original Unhappy Endings of 3 Famous Fairy Tales
10 Unexpected Emblems From Flags of the World
The Doctor Who Designed a Cipher Wheel to Decode Shakespeare
The Earliest Known Descriptions of 5 U.S. Landmarks
The Tiger Who Came To Tea … In The Middle of Rural Yorkshire
From Bae to Zee: 38 False Friends
What Exactly Is a “Wild Goose Chase”?


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