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The Horologicon : a day's jaunt through the lost words of the English language

"Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you're philogrobolized. Find yourself pretending to work? That's fudgelling. And this could lead to rizzling, if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner. Just don't get too vinomadefied; a drunk dinner companion is never appreciated. The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the #1 international bestseller, The Etymologicon, comes a book of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2013
Berkley trade paperback edition View all formats and editions
Berkley Books, New York, NY, 2013
xiv, 286 pages ; 20 cm
9780425264379, 0425264378
6 a.m. : dawn
7 a.m. : waking and washing
8 a.m. : dressing and breakfast
9 a.m. : commute
10 a.m. : the morning meeting
11 a.m. : taking a break
Noon : looking as though you're working
1 p.m. : lunch
2 p.m. : returning to work
3 p.m. : trying to make others work
4 p.m. : tea
5 p.m. : actually doing some work
6 p.m. : after work
7 p.m. : shopping
8 p.m. : supper
9 p.m. : drinking
10 p.m. : wooing
11 p.m. : stumbling home
Midnight : nostos
Appendix. Paralipomenon : the drinker's dictionary