Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary (2020)

Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary Michael Quinion Gallimaufry A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary When did you last hear someone refer to the wireless What was the original paraphernalia Would you wear a billycock Language is always changing and in Gallimaufry A Hodge Podge of Words Vanishing fro
  • Title: Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary
  • Author: Michael Quinion
  • ISBN: 9780198610625
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary Michael Quinion When did you last hear someone refer to the wireless What was the original paraphernalia Would you wear a billycock Language is always changing, and in Gallimaufry A Hodge Podge of Words Vanishing from Our Vocabulary Michael Quinion has gathered together some fascinating examples of words and meanings which have vanished from our language Sometimes a word is lost wheWhen did you last hear someone refer to the wireless What was the original paraphernalia Would you wear a billycock Language is always changing, and in Gallimaufry A Hodge Podge of Words Vanishing from Our Vocabulary Michael Quinion has gathered together some fascinating examples of words and meanings which have vanished from our language Sometimes a word is lost when the thing it describes becomes obsolete, sometimes it survives in a figurative sense while the original meaning is lost, and sometimes it simply gives way to a popular alternative The story of these and many other words opens a window into the lives of past speakers of the English language.
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One thought on “Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary

  1. ***Dave Hill

    Fun collection thematically grouped of vocabulary which has vanished from English usage exotic spices, a wide variety of horse drawn coaches, hats, foods, and even recent come and gone technologies Quinion writes primarily from a British perspective, but still pulls in enough American parallels for someone over here to be able to follow along It s interesting as well to read of how many words English adopted from other languages or pasted together itself from other language roots, or just made [...]

  2. Sarah Finch

    A fun little hop, skip, and jump through a garden variety of extinct and nearly extinct words in the English verbiage The most entertaining bits are those to do with food and fashion, but really this is a book to be read in fits and starts Though Quinion is witty and as expected verbally dexterous, the words are simply grouped into different sections and then thrown at the reader in a somewhat numbing and nuance free fashion I do appreciate the attention paid to etymology, though I would have en [...]

  3. M

    An interesting concept exploring the roots and creations of various words that are vanishing from everyday usage that feels like a textbook than a sumptuous read While a few of the words provide chuckles, most are locked into catagories of olden foods, disappeared card games, and faded technologies.

  4. Sandy D.

    Good for browsing a collection of short explanations of words like gallimaufry a hash made up of odds and ends of leftovers , and hodgepodge which they call hotchpotch in the UK I like the way it is organized, a chapter on food, on medicine drs travel, fashion, etc.

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