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Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons: The Origins of English in Ten Words Hardcover – October 17, 2013

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  • "A decadal triumph!" - The Good Book Guide
  • "For anyone interested in words and in the English language, this is a joy." - Writing Magazine
  • "A fascinating treasure trove of linguistic facts" - lovereading.co.uk
  • "A really lovely book" - Susie Dent, Channel 4's Countdown
  • One of The Guardian's Best Language Books, 2013
  • "Amuse your friends with games like this: From what are the following ten words derived: ad-lib, bazooka, downbeat, finale, gamut, hydraulic, melodrama, keynote, segue, telephone?" - Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Paul Anthony Jones previously authored The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer, a book on the origins of British place names. He is a writer, author, Huffington Post blogger and musician.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (October 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147210806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472108067
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Superb - interesting - quirky. Just pick it up and dip into it anywhere. Can't wait for the followup Kentish Fire and Jedburgh Justice.
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it was a birthday gift to my Brother so i am going by what it looked like as i skimmed through it, will know more when he lends it to me.
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