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The founder of History Hustle presents a handy guide for expressing yourself with history''s best words.

This collection features scores of unique words from history that deal with surprisingly modern issues like sleeping in and procrastination--proving that some things never change! The Little Book of Lost Words presents each term that''s ready to be brought back into modern-day use, complete with definition, hilarious sample sentence, and cheeky historical art. You''ll learn new words for the cozy room where you like to Netflix and chill ( snuggery), for a dishonest politician ( snollygoster), and for a young person who sleeps through the day and doesn''t work ( dewdropper). If you like Lost in Translation, Shakespeare Insult Generator, Drunk History, and Roald Dahl--and you delight in the way words like blatteroon and flapdoodle roll off the tongue--then you''re the word lover this book was written for. Want to know what a fizgig or groke is? Read this book!

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"Perfection for word nerds. We’re not being akrasic in saying this is a wonderful book!"  --Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras, authors of You''re Saying It Wrong and That Doesn''t Mean What You Think It Means

About the Author

JOE GILLARD is a history buff and founder of History Hustle, a digital publication for history fans. He believes history is really just one big story of humans doing hilarious and interesting things. History Hustle boasts over 320,000 loyal social media followers, 40 million video views, and has been featured on Quartz, The Chive, Bored Panda, Cheezburger, the Culture Trip, and more.

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Introduction

There are very few treasures that we can dig out of the ground, dust off, and put into use as if they were brand-new. Words, of course, are an exception. The purpose of this book is to provide you with your very own collection of treasures, ready to be resurrected and introduced into conversation with a delighted audience. I created this book to meet the demands of the modern speaker or writer to preserve language, colorfully express unique emotions, and personally connect to a rich history with the mere stroke of a key or vibration of the throat.

It’s hard to define exactly why we love these dusty, musty archaic words. Is it the colorful way they sound as you speak them and hear them? Their odd specificity? Their uniqueness? They do come in great variety. And while some sound fit only for impressing one’s noble peers at an upper-crust Victorian ball, others sound like they were overheard late at night in a dimly lit medieval tavern. Some have ten equally evocative synonyms, while others may be the only word ever crafted to define a certain feeling. Whatever their origin, whatever their use, these words have this in common: they inevitably bring joy in their rediscovery. “There’s a word for that,” you will say, in countless conversations, settings, and situations.

Admittedly, we can see why some of these words faded away as the years slipped by and dictionaries were updated. I mean, do we really need a word for “a warning that one is about to throw waste out of a window”? (See gardyloo.) Perhaps not, but what enchantment there is in knowing that there is a word for it. Words, like traditions and customs, drop out of use when they go out of fashion. But unlike customs, which are tied to specific norms of their time, words can be brought back with an updated context! Practicality may chip away at our language, but the magic of the lost words in this book ought not to be forgotten.

Most, but not all, of the words in this book are English words. English has had many periods of playful linguistic experimentation—just consider the times of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Dickens. English was formed in part by the requirements of playwrights, novelists, poets, speakers, actors, farmers, drinkers, and jokers to express themselves. English contains many simple monosyllabic words, and British English writers and speakers of the past delighted in mixing words together, or inventing them, purely for the silly way they sounded. That’s why many of these words are so fun to say.

This book will expand your vocabulary, but it will also treat you to a glimpse of past lives. Time separates us from our ancestors, but careful study of history unites us with them in deep, empathetic, and relevant ways. You will see how much their lives were exactly like ours, and how much they differed. You will learn the ways in which their language can work in a modern world, if only we adjust the context of its use ever so slightly. Finally, you will learn where we’ve been—an essential component in guiding us toward a more expressive future.

When I created History Hustle, a publication for social media, I wanted to give history buffs a place of their own. A place full of history they can use, relate to, and see themselves in—a place that aims to make history palatable, humorous, and lively. Many history books, sites, magazines, movies, and podcasts focus on wars, violence, and politics. History Hustle aims to show that ordinary, everyday humans were there all along, with hopes, dreams, jokes, friends, lovers, and lives remarkably similar to our own. This book is an extension of that. Readers, you are encouraged to use these words often to show your knowledge and careful consideration of our history. These words are a toolkit for history buffs and word lovers alike to express themselves. Now, go off to your favorite snuggery (see page 159) and enjoy this fun trip back in time.

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Mary Marinkovich
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YOU''D HAVE TO BE FLAPDOODLE TO MISS OUT ON BUYING "LOST WORDS..WORTH RESURRECTING"
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
I do a bit of writing and wordsmithing and Lost Words has livened my lexicon. Never has "Snollygoster" been more snarkily essential. Joe Gillard''s quirky selection entertains and enlivens. Added to the fine art illustrations, high-quality print on heavy paper stock and... See more
I do a bit of writing and wordsmithing and Lost Words has livened my lexicon. Never has "Snollygoster" been more snarkily essential. Joe Gillard''s quirky selection entertains and enlivens. Added to the fine art illustrations, high-quality print on heavy paper stock and tidy hardcover binding, Lost Words is a must-have for any self-respecting logomaniac''s reference collection.
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L. A. Vitale
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Well organized and informative little book!
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2021
My dearest love apples, Just a notekin from your favorite minkin! Do not be a ninnyhammer, go forth and purchase this adorable, hardback book, which mayhap become your favorite read of 2021! So find your favorite snuggery, bring a drink (whether you be an aquabib... See more
My dearest love apples,

Just a notekin from your favorite minkin! Do not be a ninnyhammer, go forth and purchase this adorable, hardback book, which mayhap become your favorite read of 2021! So find your favorite snuggery, bring a drink (whether you be an aquabib or prefer a homerkin) while you read... And enjoy a prandicle while you''re at it.

Verily yours!

In the above written paragraph, I used ten of the words (the words are in bold) I discovered from my latest read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Little Book of Lost Words: Collywobbles, Snollygosters, and 86 Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting by Joe Gillard. I highly recommend this book to other people who love words.

I love nonfiction, hardback books that can also double as coffee table books and feature unique topics, like words, or other unique topics!

The Little Book of Lost Words is a really quick read, well organized, and is also a fun book to read and share with others. It contains an introduction by the author, plus 88 words listed in alphabetical order. Each word has a pronunciation guide, what part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) it is, the origin of the word, definition of the word, and a sentence using the word.

Additionally, there is a classical looking painting positioned on the page opposite of each word listed in this book for interesting visual stimulation. The books ends with an acknowledgements section, art credits section and an ''about the author'' blurb.

Do I have a favorite word I learned from The Little Book of Lost Words? No, there are too many words shared within this book for me to have a single favorite word.
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Jake Ziegler
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Great gift
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2019
This was a gift for my girlfriend, as she''s a bit of a linguist. She absolutely loved it. I thumbed through it a bit before wrapping it up for Christmas and got quite a laugh out of it. Educational and very amusing.
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Kayla
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Old English oddities in a nutshell
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
What a delightful little book! The juxtaposition of period-appropriate artwork and concise, modern-day examples for each word provides a refreshing and entertaining read. I especially enjoyed the little quips here and there, and the information about the words’ origins and... See more
What a delightful little book! The juxtaposition of period-appropriate artwork and concise, modern-day examples for each word provides a refreshing and entertaining read. I especially enjoyed the little quips here and there, and the information about the words’ origins and pronunciation.
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Exactly what I expected. Love!
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2019
Such a cute and interesting little book. The words are fascinating and the artwork is beautiful. Will read many times over but also looks great on a coffee table or bookshelf
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Laura
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That the author takes time to write a book like this one!
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2019
I read the book as soon as I got it. It was a joy to read. It reminded me of my dad and some of his friends when they were playing cards. I will use this book at get-togethers for games...what fun!
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Great random book
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2019
This book is hysterical. I bought it as a white elephant gift and I think it will go over well.
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Words to use when in a drunken stupor.
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2021
Really could do without the obscene pictures. Thought this was something I could read to my grandchildren, who love words. Oh well, another oF my Amazon purchase blunders. Back to Dr. Suess, who makes sense. Have a good day. Tah Tah.
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Great little book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2021
Bought as gift for son who is a teacher and likes to use unusual words to his class! Perfect!!
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Fascinating !
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A fascinating book, taking one through little used or disused words with explanations as to their meanings. Nicely presented, good quality hardback
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It wa bought as a gift, the recipient like it. It is a book so was read and enjoyed
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An entertaining read for those who love language; words that a no longer in common use but adds meaning more effectively and eloquently.
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Amazing
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Interesting and old fashioned words. Beautiful.
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