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.
Keep these in mind if you're flexiloquent.... READ ON
Many of the world’s currencies take their names from fairly predictable origins—like weights and measures or precious metals, for example—but the currency of Tonga, the pa‘anga, has a rather unusual history.... READ ON
Because there are only so many ways to say "It's cold outside." ... READ ON
If you're pauciloquent, then this list is worth reading. If you have pinaciphobia? You may want to be careful...... READ ON
Lithium takes its name from the Greek word for “stone.”... READ ON
Whether you're writative or just trying to be a linguistic wheel-horse, these words are for you.... READ ON
You’ve played blind man’s bluff and hide-and-go-seek. You have Marco Poloed, hot potatoed, and I-Spied. But you’ve probably never had to pull a peg out of the ground with your teeth because your knife wasn’t as sharp as the others, or tried to knock a metal plate into a basin with the dregs of your drink.... READ ON
These words will leave you looking like a grinagog who's found his guttering-peg.... READ ON
Battologize your friends by repeating these over and over again.... READ ON
Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in boxing in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.