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.

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
20 Pieces of Advice From Old Tudor Proverbs
The World’s Top 20 Languages—And The Words English Has Borrowed From Them
The Origins of 9 Royal Nicknames
10 Famous People Who Fought In Duels and Lived to Tell the Tale
47 More Words That Sound Rude (But Actually Aren’t)
How Shakespeare Changed America’s Wildlife
20 Brilliant Anglo-Saxon Words
The Parrot That Kept A Language Alive
Charles Dickens, a.k.a. “The Unparalleled Necromancer”
10 Vacation Destinations that Ended Up in the Dictionary
32 Long-Forgotten Weather Words
10 Little-Used Shakespearisms
15 Surprising Words That Are Probably Onomatopoeic
25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To
12 Old-Timey Ways of Saying “Nonsense”
40 Quirky Q-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary
William Shakespeare’s Father: Official Ale-Taster of Stratford-upon-Avon
When Arthur Conan Doyle Judged A Bodybuilding Contest
How A Practical Joke Brought 19th Century London To A Standstill
Louis de Wohl, the Astrologer Who Was Hired By MI5
Why is it "Zed" in Britain, and "Zee" in America?
How Thomas Jefferson Invented A New Way Of Saying “Goodbye”
23 Notoriously Unrhymable Words (That Actually Have Rhymes)
18 Everyday Expressions Borrowed From the Bible
42 Old English Insults
17 Bizarre Work-Related Ailments
25 Words That Are Actually Acronyms
12 Distant Places In The Solar System (And What They’re Named After)
A Month by Month Guide To The Anglo-Saxon Calendar
10 Words Shakespeare Used With Unclear Meanings
20 French Phrases You Should Be Using
12 Animals Named After The Noises They Make
10 Words & Phrases Coined in Comic Strips
10 Little-Known Units of Time
50 Old British Dialect Words We Should Bring Back
16 Words Derived From Animals
15 Words That Are Way More Interesting Than They Seem
19 Colors You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
30 Old (And Useful) Slang Names For Parts of the Body
22 Brilliant Old Nicknames For Animals
26 First Names That Ended up in the Dictionary


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