Title: Forgotten English 2010 Calendar by Jeffrey ...
Publisher: Pomegranate (Cal)
Publication Date: 2009
Book Condition: Used: Very Good
Good condition, clean text and covers, standard very good condition, clean copy. Bookseller Inventory # 100231518
Synopsis: A 366-Day Calendar of Vanishing Vocabulary and Folklore for 2012
This unique and entertaining calendar, compiled by language sleuth Jeffrey Kacirk, not only uncovers and explains long-lost English words and phrases but also sheds light on bygone holidays, traditions, superstitions, points of etiquette, historical curiosities, legal and medical oddities, and fascinating characters drawn from rare books and other unusual sources. With 314 absorbing, often hilarious entries (Saturdays and Sundays share a page) and vintage prints throughout, Forgotten English will keep you intrigued throughout 2012. Also includes yearly grids for 2012 and 2013 and pages for notes.
Printed with soy-based inks. 366-day padded tear-off calendar with plastic base. Size: 6.25 x 5.25 in. (box 7 x 6 in.).
Review: Some think that the obsolescing of words from the English language is a sorry indication of its constant decline. Not so, argues Jeffrey Kacirk, the author of this charming collection of quirky antiquated words and the stories behind them. "In fact," he writes in his introduction, "the richness and maturity of a language may be gauged by the volume and quality of words it can afford to lose." The wonderful sounds these forgotten words make--nimgimmer, tup-running, mocteroof, frubbish, grog-blossom, wayzgoose, galligaskin, sockdolager--are half the fun. Their fabulous meanings, particularly those that seem inevitable once you learn them, make up the rest. And as the history of the words unfolds, so does history itself. Among the many strange and outmoded folk Kacirk introduces are the bird-swindler, a 19th-century "purveyor of expensive, exotic-looking birds that, upon closer inspection, were found to be one of several common varieties of local birds that had been trimmed and dyed"; the eye-servant, "a devious domestic or other employee ... who was too lazy to efficiently perform duties except when 'within eyeshot' of his or her master"; the prickmedainty, a 16th-century "man-about-town who coifed himself in an overly careful manner, frequently seeking the services of his barber"; and the dog-flogger, "a minor church official ... whose duty it was to supervise and discipline the unruly canines that traditionally accompanied their owners to English church services."
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