Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons: The Origins of English in Ten Words Paul Anthony Jones

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Published: October 17th 2013

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288 pages


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Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons: The Origins of English in Ten Words  by  Paul Anthony Jones

Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons: The Origins of English in Ten Words by Paul Anthony Jones
October 17th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: | 7.34 Mb

What do the following ten words all have in common - haggard, mews, codger, arouse, musket, poltroon, gorge, allure, pounce and turn-tail? All fairly familiar and straightforward words, after a little digging into their histories it turns out thatMoreWhat do the following ten words all have in common - haggard, mews, codger, arouse, musket, poltroon, gorge, allure, pounce and turn-tail?

All fairly familiar and straightforward words, after a little digging into their histories it turns out that all of them derive from falconry: the adjective haggard described an adult falcon captured from the wild- mews were the enclosures hawks were kept in whilst moulting- codger is thought to come from cadger, the member of a hunting party who carried the birds perches, and so on.This, essentially, is what Ten Words is all about - the book collects together hundreds of the most intriguing, surprising and little known histories and etymologies of a whole host of English words.

From ancient place names to unusual languages, and obscure professions to military slang, this is a fascinating treasure trove of linguistic facts.



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