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Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of our Vanishing Vocabulary - Michael Quinion
Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of our Vanishing Vocabulary
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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... show more
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 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 more 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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780198610625 (0198610629)
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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