Words, Language & Facts

Words, Language & Facts

Paul Anthony Jones is an author and writer from South Shields. Along with authoring several critically acclaimed books on words and their origins he runs the hugely successful Haggard Hawks. Since 2013, Haggard Hawks has been tweeting and blogging about obscure words and their origins. He regularly writes for The Handbook.

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities

Local South Shields author and ‘The Handbook’ contributor has a new book out just in time for Christmas.  Every day since 10 December 2013, the @HaggardHawks Twitter feed has been bringing you a daily Word ...
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Man, woman, boy and girl

 The origins and histories of four everyday words cropped up on HH this week:  Whereas man meant simply “person” or “human” in Old English (a meaning that still survives in words like manslaughter, mankind and manhandle), the ...
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Words we use: From Europe

Before continuing our journey by heading even further afield, our series of articles looking at the origins of words English has adopted from other languages continues with a final overview of the remaining languages of ...
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Words we use: Greek

This month our series looking at the contributions different languages have made to English continues with Greek. At first thought, the number of words borrowed directly from Greek may seem somewhat insignificant, limited perhaps to ...
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