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.

'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”?
10 Words With Spooky Etymologies
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”?
The Language of Addiction: How Discussions of Drugs and Death Have Changed Over the Past 200 Years
8 Things Invented By Accident
20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using
When Australia Went To War With Its Emus
15 Animal Names That Can Be Used As Verbs
15 Obscure Words Every Pet Owner Needs In Their Vocabulary
10 Classic Political Insults
The Riot Caused By A Performance of 'Macbeth'
25 Words For Other Words
12 Things You Say Without Realizing You’re Quoting Poetry
William Banting, Early Champion of the Low-Carb Diet
50 Verbose Verbs To Drop Into Everyday Conversation
11 Words That Started Out As Spelling Mistakes
How 20 Animals Got Their Names
'Opus Clavicembalisticum': The Longest Piece of Piano Music Ever Performed
14 Delicious Words For Anyone Who Loves Their Food
Just How Magic a Word Is “Abracadabra”?
15 Words For Gossips and Chatterboxes
5 Essential Types of Words That Some Languages Do Without
10 Terms That Came From Theater


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