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.

10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement
40 Opulent O-Words To Optimize Your Vocabulary
10 One-Letter Place Names
Why Pharaohs Were Made To Run Around Their Palaces Every 3 Years
7 Everyday Phrases That Have Been Rephrased
The Original Telephone: The Bizarre Musical Language of Jean-François Sudre
40 Nifty Words That Start With N to Add to Your Vocabulary
40 Rip-Roaring R-Words To Refresh Your Vocabulary
40 Highfalutin H-Words To Heighten Your Vocabulary
20 Bizarre Beasts From Ancient Bestiaries
40 Dandy D-Words To Deepen Your Vocabulary
15 Words You Didn’t Know Could Be Used As Verbs
40 Linguipotent L-Words To Enlarge Your Vocabulary
40 Cracking C-Words To Complement Your Vocabulary
The King of Scotland’s Peculiar Language Experiment
40 Magnificent M-Words To Maximize Your Vocabulary
10 Mind-Boggling Paradoxes
40 Fantastic F-Words To Further Your Vocabulary
How A Misjudged Act Of Piracy (And A Pig’s Snout) Give The Currency Of Tonga Its Name
19 Old Cold Weather Words To Get You Through Winter
40 Peculiar P-Words To Pep Up Your Vocabulary
The Meanings Behind 20 Chemical Element Names
40 Wonderful W-Words To Widen Your Vocabulary
29 Games Nobody Plays Anymore
40 Grandiloquent G-Words To Grow Your Vocabulary
40 Brilliant B Words To Brighten Up Your Vocabulary
40 Useful Y-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary
50 Words That Sound Rude But Actually Aren't
7 Real-Life Inspirations For Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
28 Misleading Misnomers Explained
40 Unusual U-Words To Upgrade Your Vocabulary
The Origins of 12 Christmas Words
What Exactly Are Your P’s And Q’s? (And Why Do You Have To Mind Them?)
40 Killer K-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary
40 Vibrant V-Words To Revamp Your Vocabulary
The Real-Life Criminal Who Inspired Charles Dickens
35 Joyous J-Words To Jazz Up Your Vocabulary
60 of History’s Strangest Royal Epithets
16 Cryptids That Might (Or Might Not) Exist
5 Writers Who Really Hated Shakespeare
40 Zesty Z-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary
17 Job Titles in Victorian Slang
6 Ways Europe’s Best Doctors Tried to Cure Beethoven’s Deafness
The Time That William Shakespeare Gave Evidence In Court
Mandarin, German, and Dutch? 8 U.S. Presidents Who Spoke More Than One Language
The Origins of 14 Cocktail Names
5 Countries That Existed For Less Than a Year
The Tiny English Village (Population: 41) That’s Twinned With Paris
Tom Skelton: The Serial Killer Court Jester
30 Words and Phrases from Victorian Theatrical Slang


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