Lost Words in The Horologicon

HorologiconFun, surprising, and sometimes even vulgar, words can be entertaining, but some of these words have disappeared or changed. Mark Forsyth has written a day’s worth of forgotten words in The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language, where the time of day is matched with the words that might be most useful.

The book goes from dawn through midnight and covers a multitude of activities from work, eating, drinking, and wooing. There are lychnobites, which could include a number of people, and somewhere the clouds are thwankin. Swank had a very different meaning and behind the knee was called popliteal. This book is wonderful fun with words that are ready to be rediscovered.

Christina Callison has been blogging about books for the library’s website since 2006. She has read hundreds of books that include mysteries, fantasies, horror, thrillers, non-fiction, general fiction, and some science fiction. She continues with her goal of finding new books and authors to recommend.