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Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons

Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons

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 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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Genre: Language / Linguistics

On Sale: 17th October 2013

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781472109415