Penguin Book

The Wonder of Whiffling

Adam Jacot de Boinod

Fresh from his adventures hunting down exotic words in languages all over the world, Adam Jacot de Boinod set himself the task of exploring the beauties, oddities and downright hilarities of the language that started off his love affair with words - English.

The Wonder of Whiffling is a hugely enjoyable, surprising and rewarding tour around the English language. Discover all sorts of words you've always wished existed but never knew, such as fornale, to spend one's money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell. From rural English counties and remote ex-colonies, from the jargon-loving armed forces to the corners of the schoolyard, from Anglo-Saxon to trailer-park slang, Adam Jacot de Boinod presents English as you've never heard it before.

Adam Jacot de Boinod, hunter of perfect and obscure bon mots, is a true linguistic bowerbird (a person who collects an astonishing array of - sometimes useless - objects). He is the author of the bestselling book The Meaning of Tingo and hit follow-up Toujours Tingo.

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Format TPS
178 x 129mm
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
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Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
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